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Efficacy and safety of penetration acupuncture on head for acute intracerebral hemorrhage

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ABSTRACT

Background:: Acupuncture, especially acupuncture treatment on head for acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), has long been disputable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of penetration acupuncture on head in patients with acute ICH.

Methods:: Eighty-two patients with acute ICH were randomized to receive penetration acupuncture treatment on head combined with conventional treatment (treatment group [TG]) or conventional treatment only (control group [CG]). Acupuncture treatments were given in 24 sessions over 4 weeks, with 3-month follow-up period. Measures included Clinical Neurological Function Deficit Scale (CNFDS), Barthel Index (BI), vital signs (respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation), and hematoma absorption ratio.

Results:: Both groups showed a progressively improvement in CNFDS and BI scores from day 7 to 90. The TG showed a significantly greater improvement in CNFDS than CG over time (P < 0.05). However, BI failed to show significant difference between the 2 groups (P > 0.05). The vital signs were stable and no expansion of hematoma occurred over the course of acupuncture treatment.

Conclusion:: Penetration acupuncture treatment on head appeared to be safe over the course of treatment on acute ICH and may result in additional functional improvements detected in the CNFDS but not reflected in the BI. A larger-scale clinical trial with longer follow-up assessments is required to confirm these findings.

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Mentions: A total of 82 Chinese patients were enrolled and randomized to TG (n = 42) and CG (n = 40) in the present study. Fourteen patients dropped out during the trial, accounting for a 17% dropout rate. Subjects tolerated treatment well, and there were no adverse effects reported in TG. One patient in CG was transferred to other hospital as a result of hematoma expansion at day 2. There were no deaths during the trial (Fig. 2).


Efficacy and safety of penetration acupuncture on head for acute intracerebral hemorrhage
Trial flow diagram.
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Figure 2: Trial flow diagram.
Mentions: A total of 82 Chinese patients were enrolled and randomized to TG (n = 42) and CG (n = 40) in the present study. Fourteen patients dropped out during the trial, accounting for a 17% dropout rate. Subjects tolerated treatment well, and there were no adverse effects reported in TG. One patient in CG was transferred to other hospital as a result of hematoma expansion at day 2. There were no deaths during the trial (Fig. 2).

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Background:: Acupuncture, especially acupuncture treatment on head for acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), has long been disputable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of penetration acupuncture on head in patients with acute ICH.

Methods:: Eighty-two patients with acute ICH were randomized to receive penetration acupuncture treatment on head combined with conventional treatment (treatment group [TG]) or conventional treatment only (control group [CG]). Acupuncture treatments were given in 24 sessions over 4 weeks, with 3-month follow-up period. Measures included Clinical Neurological Function Deficit Scale (CNFDS), Barthel Index (BI), vital signs (respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation), and hematoma absorption ratio.

Results:: Both groups showed a progressively improvement in CNFDS and BI scores from day 7 to 90. The TG showed a significantly greater improvement in CNFDS than CG over time (P < 0.05). However, BI failed to show significant difference between the 2 groups (P > 0.05). The vital signs were stable and no expansion of hematoma occurred over the course of acupuncture treatment.

Conclusion:: Penetration acupuncture treatment on head appeared to be safe over the course of treatment on acute ICH and may result in additional functional improvements detected in the CNFDS but not reflected in the BI. A larger-scale clinical trial with longer follow-up assessments is required to confirm these findings.

No MeSH data available.