POCUS for pneumothorax

Stimulated by Weagle et al 2020.[1] Photo by Pavan Krishna on Unsplash. POCUS – point of care ultrasoundPOTUS – president of the United StatesUS – ultrasoundTV – television (the original ones were black and white)key to acronyms Not another case report of pneumothorax I hear you cry, that is not news to the acupuncture community. … Continue reading POCUS for pneumothorax

Acromioplasty

Stimulated by Yang et al 2020.[1] Photo by Kindel Media on Pexels.com Acromioplasty – removal of parts of the subacromial bursa and the anterior-inferior surface of the acromionNHIS – National Health Insurance Service (Korea)CCI – Charlson comorbidity indexkey to terms and acronyms I am really late to comment on this paper, and I’m not sure … Continue reading Acromioplasty

Preventing xerostomia

Stimulated by Menezes et al 2021.[1] Photo by Craig Cameron on Unsplash. RIX – radiation induced xerostomiaPROM – patient reported outcome measureXI – Xerostomia InventoryXQ – Xerostomia QuestionnaireBAI – Beck Anxiety Inventorykey to acronyms I was a bit late to pick up this paper, perhaps because the title is long, and I didn’t really notice … Continue reading Preventing xerostomia

Insomnia

Stimulated by Kwon et al 2021,[1] and Liou et al 2021.[2] Photo by David Clode on Unsplash. CBT–I – cognitive behaviour therapy for insomniaNMA – network meta-analysisRCT – randomised controlled trialPSQI – Pittsburgh sleep quality indexBDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factorkey to acronyms I was wondering what to choose this week and it was a sunny … Continue reading Insomnia

Pudendal EA for LUTS

Stimulated by Chen et al 2021.[1] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com EA – electroacupunctureLUTD – lower urinary tract dysfunctionLUTS – lower urinary tract symptomsSNM – sacral neuromodulationIPG – implantable pulse generatorEPNS – electrical pudendal nerve stimulationkey to acronyms This week I am choosing a case report to highlight because it nicely illustrates the overlap between … Continue reading Pudendal EA for LUTS

Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

Stimulated by NG193.[1] Photo by Arno Smit on Unsplash. NICE – National Institute for Health & Care ExcellencecLBP – chronic low back painMSK – musculoskeletalGERAC – German acupuncture trials (large 3 arm trials with ~1000 patients in each)MCID – minimum clinical important differenceLA – local anaestheticCRPS – complex regional pain syndromeRFD – radiofrequency denervation.key to … Continue reading Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

Stimulated by Mao et al 2021.[1] Visual abstract of PEACE trial from JAMA Oncology EA – electroacupunctureAA – auricular acupunctureUC – usual carePEACE – Personalised EA vs AA Comparative EffectivenessMSK – musculoskeletalMSKCC – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterARC – Acupuncture in Routine CareBFA – battlefield acupunctureBPI – brief pain inventoryVA – The United States Department … Continue reading EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

Stimulated by Pan et al 2021,[1] and Li et al 2021.[2] Photo by Flickr on Pexels.com SCD – systemic contact dermatitisEA – electroacupunctureIgE – immunoglobulin EGRPR – gastrin-releasing peptide receptorDYN-A – dynorphin Akey to acronyms We have all heard of allergy to metals in the form of a localised dermatitis at the site of contact, … Continue reading SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

Acupuncture for delirium

Stimulated by Levy et al 2021.[1] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com TEAS – transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulationTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation4AT – 4 A’s test, a rapid screening test for deliriumCAM – Confusion Assessment Methodm-RASS – modified Richmond Agitation and Sedation ScaleCAM-S – Confusion Assessment Method SeverityNNT – number needed to treat (to … Continue reading Acupuncture for delirium