European Spine Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 137–139 | Cite as

Migration of an acupuncture needle into the medulla oblongata

  • K. Abumi
  • H. Anbo
  • K. Kaneda
Case Report


A case of a delayed lesion of the medulla oblongata caused by migration of an acupuncture needle is presented. The patient was a 60-year-old woman who had undergone embedded-type acupuncture needle treatment around 1975. In 1993 she was admitted to our hospital with a 3-week history of progressive motor and sensory disturbance of her right upper extremity. CT demonstrated that one needle had penetrated the medulla oblongata transversely at the level of the foramen magnum. The needle was removed surgically without any complications. This is the first report of an acupuncture needle migrating into the medulla oblongata.

Key words

Acupuncture needle Medulla oblongata Computed tomography 


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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Abumi
    • 1
  • H. Anbo
    • 1
  • K. Kaneda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryHokkaido University School of MedicineSapporoJapan

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