Acupuncture needles causing lumbar cerebrospinal fluid fistula. Case report

Joel E. Ulloth, Stephen J. Haines

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Acupuncture is a frequently used adjuvant treatment for chronic pain conditions. The authors report the case of a patient in whom the delayed migration of embedded acupuncture needles into the lumbar spinal canal caused the formation of a cerebrospinal fluid fistula and spine-related headache. The needles were safely removed surgically and the patient improved clinically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-569
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Acupuncture needle
  • Cerebrospinal fluid fistula
  • Complication
  • Migration

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