Acupuncture-associated Listeria monocytogenes arthritis in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis

Chiung Hsi Tien, Guo Shu Huang, Chi Ching Chang, Deh Ming Chang, Jenn Haung Lai

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Septic arthritis is a rare complication of acupuncture. We present a patient with rheumatoid arthritis who developed septic arthritis of the right knee after consecutive weekly sessions of acupuncture therapy for 3 weeks. The infection was localized by musculoskeletal sonography and magnetic resonance imaging, with culture of the synovial fluid aspirated from the joint yielding Listeria monocytogenes. The patient responded well to antibiotic treatment and regained joint mobility. A high index of suspicion for an infectious process is required for prompt diagnosis and treatment of acupuncture-induced joint infections in rheumatoid arthritis patients who might have additional risk factors for infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-503
Number of pages2
JournalJoint Bone Spine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • Acupuncture
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Septic arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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