Acupuncture Myopathy? (Remembrance of Things Passed)

W. King Engel, David S. Zee

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To the Editor: One can safely predict that acupuncture offers something to every patient — “acupuncture myopathy” at the very least. This possibility was poignantly brought to our attention by a muscle biopsy of a man who had nonspecific, dysanatomic, neuromuscular complaints and shifting neurologic findings highlighted by dramatic drawings-up of a limb demanding relief by, and responding within seconds to, an ice pack placed on either the afflicted region or as designated elsewhere. The muscle section had a punctate, sub-epimysial, focal area 0.25 to 0.40 mm in diameter that contained chronic inflammatory cells (Fig. 1). Prodded by this finding, ….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 10 1974
Externally publishedYes

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