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Acupuncture treatment of patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca:a pilot study

Journal article
Authors Marita Andersson Grönlund
Ulf Stenevi
T Lundeberg
Published in Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica
Volume 82
Pages 283-290
ISSN pISSN: 1395-3907
Publication year 2004
Published at Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Section of Ophtalmology
Pages 283-290
Language en
Links doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0420.2004.00254...
Keywords acupuncture – dry eye – keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) – sensory nerve stimulation –
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences


ABSTRACT. Aim: To evaluate the effects of acupuncture in patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). Material and Methods: Twenty-five patients (20 women, five men)with KCS were randomly assigned to an acupuncture treatment group or a control group. The effects of acupuncture were evaluated by a questionnaire on symptoms, visual analogue scale recordings, registration of drop frequency, and dry eye tests. Ten acupuncture sessions were given. Follow-up was carried out after 2–3weeks and again after a mean period of 8months. Results: Patients receiving acupuncture felt better at the first follow-up compared with the control group (p¼0.036). However, no statistical significance could be found concerning any change, or difference, in the total number of subjective symptoms, dosage frequency or, as indicated by the dry eye tests, tear quality, tear secretion and ocular surface disease. Conclusion: The results indicate that acupuncture has subjective beneficial effects in patients with KCS and could therefore be tried as a complement to ordinary treatment. Key words: acupuncture – dry eye – keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) – sensory nerve stimulation – Sjo¨ gren’s syndrome (SS) Acta Ophthalmol. Scand. 2004: 82: 283–290

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