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Post-dural puncture headache following acupotomy using “Wonli-acupuncture needle” - A case report -
Anesth Pain Med 2018;13(3):314-8
Published online July 31, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists.

Hyungtae Kim1, Cheol-Hyeong Lee2, and Yeon-Dong Kim2,3
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, 2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, 3Wonkwang Institute of Science, Wonkwang University College of Medicine, Iksan, Korea
Correspondence to: Yeon-Dong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Wonkwang University College of Medicine, 895 Muwangro, Iksan 54538, Korea Tel: 82-63-859-1562 Fax: 82-63-857-5472 E-mail: ORCID
Received January 29, 2018; Revised March 12, 2018; Accepted March 14, 2018.
cc This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Acupuncture is a popular technique used worldwide, particularly for clinical pain management. Diverse methods of acupuncture with several types of needle have recently been introduced; however, medical evidence of the treatment and safety of many of these techniques has not been established. In addition, severe, life-threatening acupuncture-related complications have been reported even though the treatment is considered to be safe. We report a case of a post-dural puncture headache that occurred following acupuncture for the treatment of lower back pain, with a literature review. Pain physicians should consider that acupuncture can cause far more serious side effects than those previously known.
Key Words : Acupuncture, Post-dural puncture headache, Postoperative complications.

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