SHOCKING: Hundreds of gold needles found in woman's knees
New Delhi: Examining an X-ray image of the knees of a woman, doctors in South Korea were left dumbfounded when they found hundreds of tiny gold acupuncture needles in the tissue.
According to a report published in New England Journal of Science, the 65-year-old woman had been complaining of severe joint pain and had previously been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, a condition in which the cartilage and bones within the joints degrade causing pain and stiffness.
Doctors say when pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs didn't help, the patient turned to acupuncture, an alternative medical practice that uses needles to stimulate certain points on the body to alleviate pain or treat diseases.
However, the acupuncture expert decided to leave the needles, said to be made of gold, inside her tissue to ensure continued stimulation.
But, experts say leaving foreign objects inside the body is not a good idea since the body starts rejecting them and wants to get rid of them and this can lead to inflammation, abscesses and infection.
Doctors say the South Korean patient can't go into an MRI because the needles are likely to move and damage an artery.
The 65-year-old woman had been complaining of severe joint pain and had previously been diagnosed with osteoarthritis.