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A Case Report of Life-Threatening Hemopneumothorax as a Result of Spinal Manipulation Performed by Chiropractor

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Structural and chiropractic

Cureus.2021 Sep 16;13(9):e18031.

Authors:

S Khatib, T Sabobeh, K Abdalla, S Kulkarni

Abstract.

Chiropractic is a very popular alternative medicine practice in the United States. Despite that, this practice has been associated with several complications raising concerns for its safety. We report the case of an otherwise healthy 36-years-old, tall and thin male who presented with sudden onset shortness of breath associated with chest pain two days after chiropractic spinal manipulation. Chest imaging revealed left-sided hemopneumothorax required treatment with left-sided chest tube placement. Patients with a high risk of developing primary or secondary pneumothorax should consider avoiding chiropractic chest or spinal manipulations due to possible complications.

Publication Date: 

2021 Sep

OEID: 

6178

Khatib, S., Sabobeh, T., Abdalla, K., Kulkarni, S. (2021) 'A Case Report of Life-Threatening Hemopneumothorax as a Result of Spinal Manipulation Performed by Chiropractor', Cureus.2021 Sep 16;13(9):e18031.

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