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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 383-386
Case Report

Auricular Acupunctures Are Effective for the Prevention of Postoperative Agitation in Old Patients

1Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine, 21 Karimata, Nagakutecho, Aichigun, Aichi 480-1195, Japan
2Department of Surgery, Toki General Hospital, Gifu, Japan
3Departments of Anesthesiology, Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Nursing, Kochi Medical School, Japan

Received 7 May 2009; Accepted 2 October 2009

Copyright © 2010 Young-Chang P. Arai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Postoperative cognitive problems and delirium are not uncommon in the elderly. We reported four cases in which auricular acupunctures on the ‘Shenmen’ and ‘Point Zero’ points successfully managed postoperative problematic behaviors of the three patients with dementia and the one patient postoperatively demonstrating an agitated behavior.