Acute Spinal Epidural Hematoma as a Complication of Dry Needling: A Case Report.

Acute Spinal Epidural Hematoma as a Complication of Dry Needling: A Case Report.

PM R. 2018 Jul 20;:

Authors: Berrigan WA, Whitehair C, Zorowitz R

Abstract
Dry needling is a procedure commonly performed for the relief of myofascial pain disorders. The procedure is generally well tolerated. Adverse events often are mild, but severe complications have been reported. This case report describes an acute spinal epidural hematoma as a complication of dry needling. It is a reminder to the performing physician or therapist to take specific precautions when placing a needle near the spine. Sudden onset of neuropathic pain post-needling therapy in and around the spine should prompt emergent assessment with possibly advanced spine imaging to evaluate the integrity of the spinal cord.

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