Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2009.11.037
Title: Can traditional "cupping" treatment cause a stroke?
Authors: Blunt, S.B.
Lee, H.P. 
Issue Date: May-2010
Source: Blunt, S.B., Lee, H.P. (2010-05). Can traditional "cupping" treatment cause a stroke?. Medical Hypotheses 74 (5) : 945-949. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2009.11.037
Abstract: The case study of a patient who developed haemorrhagic stroke after 'cupping' to the cervical area is presented. We consider the various manners in which cupping might induce haemorrhagic or ischemic stroke with particular reference to the relevant pathologies of the major cervical arteries. The other possible causes due to the induced cupping stresses are also examined using a computer based simulation study. Cupping of the cervical area may cause a haemorrhagic stroke by an acute rise in blood pressure. The tensile radial stresses generated by cupping may potentially facilitate the development of a dissection in the presence of an intimal tear. Moreover, the possible presence of micro-inclusions can intensify the local stress concentration for a thin cap. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Medical Hypotheses
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/59662
ISSN: 03069877
DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2009.11.037
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