Elsevier kindly allowed my to reprint this article here. The original was published in "The Lancet", 2002, Vol 359, No 9310, page 925: Ho et al, "On the back burner"
Diesen Artikel darf ich hier wiedergeben dank der freundlichen Erlaubnis des Elsevier Verlags. Das Original wurde veröffentlicht in "The Lancet", 2002, Vol 359, No 9310, page 925: Ho et al, "On the back burner"
"On the back burner"
A 50-year-old man presented with multiple, circular,
erythematous lesions over his back (figure). Each
lesion measured 5 cm in diameter and most comprised
blisters containing straw coloured fluid. The patient
had a long-standing history of low back pain and had
visited a herbalist in mainland China who applied
multiple suction flasks over his back. The therapy
lasted for over 2 h but was abandoned because of
excruciating pain. Traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM) has been practised in Hong Kong as a major
alternative medicine. Many patients still receive TCM
treatment from amateur practitioners and experience
peculiar complications such as heavy metal poisoning,
aplastic anaemia, chylothorax, and in this case, suction
burns. The elusive scientific basis and paucity of
systematic training programmes in TCM required to
maintain high professional standards are problems that
need to be addressed.
Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (W S Ho FRCSEd, S Y Ying FRCSEd, A Burd FRCSEd)
Reprinted with permission from Elsevier (The Lancet, 2002, Vol 359, No 9310, page 925)
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