Sham acupuncture in chronic pain

Inspired by Zhou et al 2022.[1] Photo by Sven Mieke on Unsplash. MA – meta-analysisNMA – network meta-analysisIPDM – individual patient data meta-analysisRA – real acupunctureSA – sham acupunctureNPSA – non-penetrative SAPSA – penetrative SANA – no acupunctureRCT – randomised controlled trialHRQoL – health-related quality of lifeANCOVA – analysis of covarianceES – effect sizeEA – … Continue reading Sham acupuncture in chronic pain

Hearts lungs and eyes 2022

Inspired by four recent adverse event reports related to needling.[1–4] Photo by Cameron Venti on Unsplash. PMCT – post-mortem computed tomographyED – emergency departmentCT – computed tomographyCXR – chest x rayDSA – digital subtraction angiographyTAE – transcatheter arterial embolizationAEs – adverse eventsDED – dry eye diseasekey to acronyms This week I have a series of recent adverse events … Continue reading Hearts lungs and eyes 2022

Burkholderia pseudomallei

Inspired by Xiao et al 2022.[1] Cerevisae, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.  DM – diabetes mellitusT6SS – type VI secretion systemT3SS – type III secretion systemCT – computed tomographyTB – tuberculosisMRI – magnetic resonance imagingIV – intravenouskey to acronyms Also known as Pseudomonas pseudomallei, sure enough this Gram-negative, bipolar, aerobic, motile, rod bacterium appears … Continue reading Burkholderia pseudomallei

MSK pain and COVID-19

Inspired by César and his prolific output of papers.[1–7] Photo Tim De Pauw on Unsplash. This is intended to represent fatigue, the most common of the post-COVID symptoms. MSK – musculoskeletalCOVID – all contemporary readers are aware of what this is, but if you have found this page from somewhere in the distant future, it … Continue reading MSK pain and COVID-19

QoL in gastric cancer patients 2021

Inspired by Zhu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com QoL – quality of lifeHRQoL – health related quality of lifeEA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureAEs – adverse eventsITT – intention to treat (analysis)PP – per protocol (analysis)key to acronyms This is a relatively small (n=66) pilot study with 3 parallel arms. It … Continue reading QoL in gastric cancer patients 2021

Needle retrieval 2021

Inspired by Ikoma et al 2021.[1] Photo by SUNBEAM PHOTOGRAPHY on Unsplash. I have mentioned embedded needle fragments and the surgical retrieval of such fragments several times previously on this blog. But this is the first account of successful image-guided percutaneous retrieval of needle fragments using myocardial biopsy forceps. myocardial biopsy forceps The report includes … Continue reading Needle retrieval 2021

An SR of AEs 2021

Inspired by Bäumler  et al 2021.[1] Photo by Dominika Kwiatkowska on Pexels.com SR – systematic reviewAE(s) – adverse event(s)SAE(s) – serious adverse event(s)RoB – risk of biaskey to acronyms I was a bit surprised to see this big AE review full of forest plots in BMJ Open last week. This is the first review of … Continue reading An SR of AEs 2021

Fatal bilateral pneumothoraces

Inspired by Yamaguchi et al 2021.[1] PMCT – post-mortem computed tomographyEA – electroacupunctureCPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitationCXR – chest x ray filmBMI – body mass indexkey to acronyms Photo by Robina on Unsplash. This case report comes from Tokyo and involves PMCT. The last reported case was from Shanghai, and I highlighted it on this blog in November 2018. … Continue reading Fatal bilateral pneumothoraces

Floating needles

Inspired by Al-Sawat et al 2021, Chen et al 2021 & Ang et al 2021.[1–3] Seirin L type needle handle and shaft. Photograph by MC using Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. SUI – stress urinary incontinenceFSN – Fu’s subcutaneous needlingMTrP – myofascial trigger pointkey to acronyms This is a set … Continue reading Floating needles