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Aquatic leech as a rare cause of respiratory distress and hemoptysis.
Pneumologia. 2011 Apr-Jun; 60(2):85-6.P

Abstract

This paper presents a 73 years old male with three weeks history of intermittent hemoptysis, dysphagia, dyspnea, stridor, and suffocations sensation. By means of fibrotic bronchoscopic examination, the cause was found to be a leech in the glottis. It was removed by injection of 4 ml lidocaine 2%. Infestation into the respiratory tract by a leech may become lethal because of hypoxia and death secondary to airway obstruction. A high index of suspicion of leech infestation sould be considered in patients presenting with hemoptysis, hoarseness and respiratory distress and a history of recent contact with fresh water streams.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Respiratory Medicine Division of Department of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, West Azerbaijan, Iran. rahimirad@hotmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21823359

Citation

Rahimi-Rad, Mohammad Hossein, et al. "Aquatic Leech as a Rare Cause of Respiratory Distress and Hemoptysis." Pneumologia (Bucharest, Romania), vol. 60, no. 2, 2011, pp. 85-6.
Rahimi-Rad MH, Alizadeh E, Samarei R. Aquatic leech as a rare cause of respiratory distress and hemoptysis. Pneumologia. 2011;60(2):85-6.
Rahimi-Rad, M. H., Alizadeh, E., & Samarei, R. (2011). Aquatic leech as a rare cause of respiratory distress and hemoptysis. Pneumologia (Bucharest, Romania), 60(2), 85-6.
Rahimi-Rad MH, Alizadeh E, Samarei R. Aquatic Leech as a Rare Cause of Respiratory Distress and Hemoptysis. Pneumologia. 2011 Apr-Jun;60(2):85-6. PubMed PMID: 21823359.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Aquatic leech as a rare cause of respiratory distress and hemoptysis. AU - Rahimi-Rad,Mohammad Hossein, AU - Alizadeh,Effat, AU - Samarei,Reza, PY - 2011/8/10/entrez PY - 2011/8/10/pubmed PY - 2011/9/7/medline SP - 85 EP - 6 JF - Pneumologia (Bucharest, Romania) JO - Pneumologia VL - 60 IS - 2 N2 - This paper presents a 73 years old male with three weeks history of intermittent hemoptysis, dysphagia, dyspnea, stridor, and suffocations sensation. By means of fibrotic bronchoscopic examination, the cause was found to be a leech in the glottis. It was removed by injection of 4 ml lidocaine 2%. Infestation into the respiratory tract by a leech may become lethal because of hypoxia and death secondary to airway obstruction. A high index of suspicion of leech infestation sould be considered in patients presenting with hemoptysis, hoarseness and respiratory distress and a history of recent contact with fresh water streams. SN - 2067-2993 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21823359/Aquatic_leech_as_a_rare_cause_of_respiratory_distress_and_hemoptysis_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/choking.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -