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Pain Research and Treatment
Volume 2011, Article ID 920807, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/920807
Case Report

Acupuncture Treatment for Bortezomib-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Case Report

1Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, The University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
2Center for Integrative Medicine, The University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

Received 31 October 2010; Accepted 17 January 2011

Academic Editor: Steve McGaraughty

Copyright © 2011 Ting Bao 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.

Abstract

Peripheral neuropathy is a common and severe dose-limiting side effect of the chemotherapy agent, bortezomib, in multiple myeloma patients. Treatment with narcotics, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants has limited response and potential significant side effects. Acupuncture has been reported to be effective in treating diabetic neuropathy and chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy. There has not been report on the effect of acupuncture in treating bortezomib-induced peripheral neuropathy specifically. Here, we report a successful case of using acupuncture to relieve bortezomib-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms.