Single-Needle Acupuncture Alleviates Gag Reflex During Transesophageal Echocardiography: A Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Pilot Trial

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Title

Single-Needle Acupuncture Alleviates Gag Reflex During Transesophageal Echocardiography: A Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Pilot Trial

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Date

2003

volume

9(6)

pages

847-849

Research Type

RCT

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To study the effect of single-needle acupuncture in suppressing gag-reflex in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). DESIGN: Prospective, blinded trial. Settings/locations: Patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack undergoing TEE because of presumed cardioembolic origin in a specialized stroke unit of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Subjects/Study interventions: Forty-one (41) patients were studied. Patients received single-needle acupuncture with a 0.2 x 13 mm disposable acupuncture needle (Suzhou Medical Appliances, China), 10-mm deep either at Chengjiang (midline between lower lip and chin) or superficially at a sham point (tip of the chin) during TEE or no acupuncture for alleviating gag reflex. OUTCOME MEASURES: Severity of gagging was rated on a visual-analogue scale. RESULTS: The acupuncture group experienced significantly less gagging than the sham group (p = 0.037) or the nonacupuncture group (p = 0.013). CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture of CV24 is an easy to apply and effective method to reduce gag reflex during TEE

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Time in Treatment

1 Day

has health condition studied

Vomiting

has study population number

41

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