We would like to report a case in which inappropriate use of acupuncture for intestinal obstruction may have increased the patient’s discomfort and delayed definitive treatment for the underlying cause.

Case report

A 58-year-old man went to Changhai Hospital for the first time on 16 July 2010. He had experienced abdominal distension and dull pain of unknown cause for half a year which was finally diagnosed as gastric antral cancer and oesophagitis by gastroscopy at another hospital (14 July 2010). The patient was admitted to our hospital and underwent successful distal gastrectomy on 20 July 2010. During surgery the tumour was observed to be located in the lesser curvature side of the gastric antrum, penetrating the serosal layer, with several obviously enlarged lymph nodes making contact around the stomach. The patient recovered well after surgery.

He presented to a local hospital with abdominal distension and pain without defaecation or passing gas 22 months… Click here to read original article content.

Article Courtesy of NCBI – PubMed.gov HJ Bi, YY He, S Shu, QH Zhou