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The treatment of persistent yawning with acupuncture
  1. Raimond KW Wong, Assistant Professor1,
  2. Stephen MS Sagar, Assistant Professor2
  1. 1McMaster University, Radiation Oncologist, Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, Email: raimond.wong{at}hrcc.on.ca
  2. 2McMaster University, Radiation Oncologist, Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, Email: stephen.sagar{at}hrcc.on.ca

    Abstract

    Persistent and excessive yawning (greater than 1 to 4 yawns/minute) is a pathological process associated with a variety of conditions including central nervous system disorders, opiate withdrawal and drug side effects. This report describes a patient with a brain tumour who presented with persistent excessive yawning. She was successfully treated with medical acupuncture. A possible mechanism involving the autonomic nervous system is discussed.

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