Development of Lipoma Following a Single Cupping Massage - a Case Report

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S. Karger AG
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Forschende Komplementarmedizin, 2012, 19 (4), pp. 202 - 205
Issue Date:
2012-01
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BACKGROUND: The cupping massage is a form of bloodless cupping. This type of cupping is particularly used to treat muscular tension and musculoskeletal pain, such as chronic neck pain; however the data records on mechanisms and potential side effects are not satisfactory. CASE REPORT: In a study on the effectiveness of cupping massage in patients with chronic neck pain, one patient showed a formation of a lipoma in the cupping area after the first treatment session. CONCLUSION: Because of the short time interval between therapy and development of the lipoma, a primary cause is not realistic. This adverse event has not been described in the literature before, and the present report describes the case in summary.
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