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Effect of acupuncture as seen in stress radiography of the ankle
  1. Saila Eksymä-Sillman1,
  2. Ilkka Suramo2, Professor in Diagnostic Radiology,
  3. Seppo YT Junnila3,
  4. Valtteri Myllylä4
  1. 1
    Resident in Diagnostic Radiology, University of Oulu
  2. 2
    University of Oulu
  3. 3
    Salo District Health Centre, Sairaalantie 9, 24130 Salo
  4. 4
    Docent in Diagnostic Radiology, University of Oulu
  1. Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Oulu, Kajaanintie 50, FIN-90220 Oulu, Finland

Summary

When studying ankle instability by stress radiography, pain and muscle spasm can prevent maximal widening of the tibiotalar ankle joint and cause a false negative finding. We examined the effect of acupuncture on widening of the tibiotalar joint during stress radiography in a series of 12 asymptomatic volunteers and 12 patients. The width of the tibiotalar joint increased in 66% of the volunteers. The diagnosis changed for two patients and became more confident for four others (50%).

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