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A case of irritant contact dermatitis with leech.
Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2011 Sep; 30(3):234-5.CO

Abstract

Medicinal leeches are invertebrated parasites that have been used for medical purposes for centuries as one of the traditional treatment methods. Medicinal leeches are used for wound and flap healing in the plastic and reconstructive surgery, in the treatment of venous insufficiency, varicosities, hemorrhoids, and in many other diseases. However, due to medicinal leech therapy (hirudotherapy) complications such as anaphylaxis, local allergic reactions, anemia, and mucosal synechiae can occur. In this article, we report a case of an irritant contact dermatitis in a patient who experienced severe redness and itching after applying leeches for the relief of head and neck pain. Leeches are being used widely in some regions in the world and if people are informed about the leeches, it may be helpful in preventing complications that may occur.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey. drayserem@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21265707

Citation

Karadag, Ayse Serap, et al. "A Case of Irritant Contact Dermatitis With Leech." Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, vol. 30, no. 3, 2011, pp. 234-5.
Karadag AS, Calka O, Akdeniz N, et al. A case of irritant contact dermatitis with leech. Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2011;30(3):234-5.
Karadag, A. S., Calka, O., Akdeniz, N., & Cecen, I. (2011). A case of irritant contact dermatitis with leech. Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, 30(3), 234-5. https://doi.org/10.3109/15569527.2010.547543
Karadag AS, et al. A Case of Irritant Contact Dermatitis With Leech. Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2011;30(3):234-5. PubMed PMID: 21265707.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A case of irritant contact dermatitis with leech. AU - Karadag,Ayse Serap, AU - Calka,Omer, AU - Akdeniz,Necmettin, AU - Cecen,Ilhan, Y1 - 2011/01/26/ PY - 2011/1/27/entrez PY - 2011/1/27/pubmed PY - 2011/12/13/medline SP - 234 EP - 5 JF - Cutaneous and ocular toxicology JO - Cutan Ocul Toxicol VL - 30 IS - 3 N2 - Medicinal leeches are invertebrated parasites that have been used for medical purposes for centuries as one of the traditional treatment methods. Medicinal leeches are used for wound and flap healing in the plastic and reconstructive surgery, in the treatment of venous insufficiency, varicosities, hemorrhoids, and in many other diseases. However, due to medicinal leech therapy (hirudotherapy) complications such as anaphylaxis, local allergic reactions, anemia, and mucosal synechiae can occur. In this article, we report a case of an irritant contact dermatitis in a patient who experienced severe redness and itching after applying leeches for the relief of head and neck pain. Leeches are being used widely in some regions in the world and if people are informed about the leeches, it may be helpful in preventing complications that may occur. SN - 1556-9535 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21265707/A_case_of_irritant_contact_dermatitis_with_leech_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/15569527.2010.547543 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -