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Pott’s puffy tumor after acupuncture therapy


We report a case of Pott's puffy tumor (PPT) with Pseudomonas infection occurring after acupuncture therapy in a ventilator-dependent child. Acupuncture use has been growing during the past decade in the whole world. Infectious complications range from benign to lethal. PPT is a subperiosteal abscess of the frontal bone associated with underlying osteomyelitis. It presents as a localised swelling of the forehead. This paper describes a 12-year-old girl with PPT. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of PTT caused by acupuncture therapy.

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Wu, C., Huang, J., Hsia, S. et al. Pott’s puffy tumor after acupuncture therapy. Eur J Pediatr 168, 1147 (2009).

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