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European Journal of Dermatology


Argyria due to embedded acupuncture needles and their transcaval migration into the right ventricle without serious complications Volume 27, numéro 6, November-December 2017


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1 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Yufu-shi, Oita, Japan
2 Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine of Sensory and Motor Organs, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, Yonago, Tottori, Japan
3 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Yufu-shi, Oita, Japan
4 Saiki Chuo Hospital, Saiki-shi, Oita, Japan

While several cutaneous adverse reactions due to acupuncture are reported, localized argyria has been reported exclusively in Japan with only few exceptions [1-3]. This is presumably because the technique of intentionally embedding acupuncture needles, which causes localized argyria as a cutaneous manifestation, is exclusive to Japan. This practice has been prohibited since 1976 when the Japanese Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion appealed to the National Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare [...]