Bradford M. Blanchard, MD
To the Editors: Deep vein thrombophlebitis ("crural phlebitis") associated with acupuncture has been previously reported (1). I report another such occurrence.
A 64-year-old healthy, active woman presented with right upper calf pain. She denied previous leg disease, varicosities, or trauma, and she did not smoke or take hormones. The involved upper calf was tender to lateral compression, and the test for Homan sign was positive. No bruises or marks were seen, and no edema was present. A venogram showed thromboses of the deep perforating muscular veins of the upper posterolateral calf. When this finding was reported to the patient, she
Blanchard BM. Deep Vein Thrombophlebitis after Acupuncture. Ann Intern Med. ;115:748. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-9-748_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(9):748.
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