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Perforation of the median nerve with an acupuncture needle guided by ultrasound
  1. Jens Kessler, anaesthetist1,
  2. Konrad Streitberger, anaesthetist acupuncturist2
  1. 1
    Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital, Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  2. 2
    University Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy, Bern, Switzerland
  1. Konrad Streitberger, konrad.streitberger{at}


In an experiment on one of the authors, we used ultrasound to visualise an acupuncture needle completely perforating the median nerve at the acupuncture point PC6. During this procedure only a slight sensation occurred, and no pain. We conclude that, in individual cases, the median nerve might be perforated without causing pain or neurological problems.

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