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Can acupuncture puncture a lung?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, rarely
With well-trained acupuncturists, puncturing a lung is rare -- but is still one of the known risks depending on location of points needled.
Pneumothorax would result, and could require chest tube to reinflate the lung. Certain precautions are taken to decrease the likelihood of this happening. For certified acupuncturists who know these well, see http://www.Nccaom.Org/.

In brief: Yes, rarely
With well-trained acupuncturists, puncturing a lung is rare -- but is still one of the known risks depending on location of points needled.
Pneumothorax would result, and could require chest tube to reinflate the lung. Certain precautions are taken to decrease the likelihood of this happening. For certified acupuncturists who know these well, see http://www.Nccaom.Org/.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Jeffrey Albright
Integrative Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Extremely Rare
All practitioners are trained specifically in the risks and benefits associated with acupuncture.
Physicians (Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, Doctors of Chiropractic) trained in acupuncture are particularly well versed in proper protocols to reduce risks and increase likelihood of a positive outcome.

In brief: Extremely Rare
All practitioners are trained specifically in the risks and benefits associated with acupuncture.
Physicians (Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, Doctors of Chiropractic) trained in acupuncture are particularly well versed in proper protocols to reduce risks and increase likelihood of a positive outcome.
Dr. Jeffrey Albright
Dr. Jeffrey Albright
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rare
Acupuncturists are trained when dealing with specific major acupuncture points around that part of the body to place the needle obliquely & to wodge the skin between their finger & thumb.
If done properly, the lung should not be punctured. But there are instances when it has occurred due to improper technique. Very shallow insertions are not deep enough to reach the lung.

In brief: Rare
Acupuncturists are trained when dealing with specific major acupuncture points around that part of the body to place the needle obliquely & to wodge the skin between their finger & thumb.
If done properly, the lung should not be punctured. But there are instances when it has occurred due to improper technique. Very shallow insertions are not deep enough to reach the lung.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
In brief: Very rarely
This might be theoretically possible, but when done properly acupuncture should never puncture a lung (and i not aware of a single instance when this has happened).
A needle would have to go an inch or more below the skin to puncture the lung and acupuncture needles are placed barely into the skin, typically just 1 or 2 millimeters.

In brief: Very rarely
This might be theoretically possible, but when done properly acupuncture should never puncture a lung (and i not aware of a single instance when this has happened).
A needle would have to go an inch or more below the skin to puncture the lung and acupuncture needles are placed barely into the skin, typically just 1 or 2 millimeters.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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