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Acupuncture for vulval and back pain: phantom needle response?
  1. Alan Tang
  1. Florey Unit Centre for Sexual Health, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN (UK), Email: alantang{at}


    A patient’s chronic vulval pain was unsuccessfully treated with acupuncture, while concurrent treatment for back pain was successful. Trigger points in the paraspinal muscles were needled with resultant cutaneous flares, some of which appeared in the spaces between needles, and might represent a new phenomenon of phantom needles.

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