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2020 Apr 01

Med Acupunct



Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Management in a Hospitalized Geriatric Patient with Constipation.


Muchtar N J, Helianthi D R, Nareswari I
Med Acupunct. 2020 Apr 01; 32(2):116-120.
PMID: 32351665.


Constipation is a gastrointestinal problem commonly found in clinical practice. The prevalence increases with age. Chronic constipation is associated with a decrease in patients' quality of life (QoL). Existing treatments cause side-effects and the positives effects are only short-term. Recently, acupuncture has been widely used to treat geriatric problems, and one of the problems being addressed is constipation. An 85-year-old female, with hip fractures, had episodes of being unable to defecate and had stomach pain that was persistent due to this constipation. She was admitted to the hospital for her fractures, where manual acupuncture was used to treat her constipation. The therapy was effective for relieving the patient's stomach pain and constipation, and increased the patient's appetite as well as improving her QoL. Stomach pain in geriatric patients with constipation can lead to difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite, and persistent pain in the stomach. Constipation can be assessed by using posterior anterior and oblique views of the abdominal radiographic projection. Numerous modalities, including pharmacologic therapy (sodium lauryl sulfoacetate enema and lactulose syrup), have been used to treat constipation-related pain. Recently, acupuncture has also been used to treat stomach pain in geriatric patients with constipation. Acupuncture was effective for relieving the current patient's pain and constipation and also improved her QoL.