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Acupuncture for acute postoperative pain relief in a patient with pregnancy-induced thrombocytopenia – a case report
  1. Susmita Oomman, specialist registrar, anaesthetics1,
  2. David Liu, consultant anaesthetist2,
  3. Mike Cummings, medical director3
  1. 1
    Bedford, UK
  2. 2
    Bedford, UK
  3. 3
  1. susmita.oomman{at}


A 39 year old woman, scheduled for elective caesarean section in her second pregnancy, developed thrombocytopenia. Therefore, at the time of surgery, spinal anaesthesia and non-steroidal analgesic drugs were avoided and she was given a standard general anaesthetic procedure including fentanyl 100μg and morphine 10mg. In the early postoperative period she received tramadol 100mg and a further 10mg of morphine. These drugs did not control her pain, but caused side effects - in particular nausea and retching. Acupuncture to LI4 and PC6 on the right side produced dramatic pain relief within minutes.

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