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Auricular acupuncture to resolve the exacerbations in ocular myasthenia – a case report
  1. Francesco Crestati, medical acupuncturist specialist in anaesthesia and critical care,
  2. Ali Shaladi, medical acupuncturist specialist in rheumatology,
  3. Salvatore Preteroti, medical acupuncturist specialist in anaesthesia and critical care,
  4. Stefano Tartari, medical acupuncturist specialist in anaesthesia and critical care
  1. Pain Service, Local Health Care, Authority 18, San Luca Hospital, Trecenta, Italy
  1. crestanifrancesco{at}libero.it

Abstract

Ocular myasthenia is a neuromuscular autoimmune disorder in which the clinical symptoms are restricted to the external ocular muscles with either ptosis or diplopia, or both. The condition may follow a relapsing and remitting course. Conventional therapy consists of anticholinergic drugs, corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. We report a case in which auricular acupuncture was used as an adjunct to pharmacological treatment. The time course of the response suggests that acupuncture appeared to help resolve the current relapse.

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