Thirty Patients Contract TB After Visits To Acupuncture Clinic

Sputum sample containing Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Sputum sample containing Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Cough. Cough. Cough. STICK. Cough. Cough.

Add another drawback to acupuncture: possible infection with primary inoculation tuberculosis. That does not sound good. A new paper is published showing a correlation of acupuncture and electrotherapy with onset of a form of tuberculosis.

PLOS ONE: Analysis of 30 Patients with Acupuncture-Induced Primary Inoculation Tuberculosis.


Primary inoculation tuberculosis is a skin condition that develops at the site of inoculation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in tuberculosis-free individuals. This report describes the diagnosis, treatment and 1 year follow-up of 30 patients presenting with acupuncture-induced primary inoculation tuberculosis. Our data provide a deeper insight into this rare route of infection of tuberculosis. We also review effective treatment options.

The study looked at 30 patients who had primary inoculation tuberculosis. They had all received acupuncture and electrotherapy treatment from the same clinic in Wenzhou City, China. Even the same clinician is mentioned. Luckily none tested positive for HIV. The study notes that the injection materials were disposable but the lesions that appeared on the patients have been linked to locations of electrotherapy, possibly from bacteria on the pads used, that got into the blood from small skin wounds. Yet, a test of the pad was negative.

via 30 patients contract tuberculosis after visits to the same acupuncture clinic | Doubtful News.

4 Comments on "Thirty Patients Contract TB After Visits To Acupuncture Clinic"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jul 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm |

    a Chinese national I know
    had to take a TB test to live in Duh Homeland and
    it produced a positive result
    so they had to get a lung xray
    and the xray showed that there was no TB
    and the xray tech said that Asians tend to test positive
    even when they don’t have TB

    • Jin The Ninja | Jul 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm |

      this has happened to quite a few senior singa-malaysians i know.

      • BuzzCoastin | Jul 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm |

        Primary inoculation tuberculosis
        (also known as “Cutaneous primary complex,” “Primary tuberculous complex,” and “Tuberculous chancre”)
        is a skin condition that develops at the site of inoculation
        of tubercle bacilli into a tuberculosis-free individual.

        pretty much common among Asians
        according to the xray tech in Hawai’i

  2. Kevin Leonard | Jul 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm |

    It is unfortunately true that some clinics in China still reuse needles. This does not happen in the United States.

    Oh. And Western medicine still proves to be far more deadly.

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