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Cutaneous complications of improper leech application.
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2012; 19(4):790-2.AA

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

The medical leech (Hirudo medicinalis) has been used throughout the centuries and continues to be used today, mainly in reconstructive surgery and microsurgery. Easy access to these animals may entail an improper use of this therapeutic method by patients as a form of self-treatment.

CASE REPORT

A man who presented with skin erythema and oedema due to the application of a medical leech.

DISCUSSION

Infection is considered the most common complication of hirudotherapy, even though bacteriological examination of leech applied by the patient showed neither bacterial nor parasitic infection. The skin lesions were probably of allergic origin; whether this reaction was due to substances released from the leech or as a consequence of reusing the same leech, remains to be determined.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Pediatric Dermatology, Medical University, Lublin, Poland. aldonkapietrzak@o2.plNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23311809

Citation

Pietrzak, Aldona, et al. "Cutaneous Complications of Improper Leech Application." Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine : AAEM, vol. 19, no. 4, 2012, pp. 790-2.
Pietrzak A, Kanitakis J, Tomasiewicz K, et al. Cutaneous complications of improper leech application. Ann Agric Environ Med. 2012;19(4):790-2.
Pietrzak, A., Kanitakis, J., Tomasiewicz, K., Wawrzycki, B., Kozłowska-Łój, J., Dybiec, E., & Chodorowska, G. (2012). Cutaneous complications of improper leech application. Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine : AAEM, 19(4), 790-2.
Pietrzak A, et al. Cutaneous Complications of Improper Leech Application. Ann Agric Environ Med. 2012;19(4):790-2. PubMed PMID: 23311809.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cutaneous complications of improper leech application. AU - Pietrzak,Aldona, AU - Kanitakis,Jean, AU - Tomasiewicz,Krzysztof, AU - Wawrzycki,Bartłomiej, AU - Kozłowska-Łój,Jolanta, AU - Dybiec,Ewa, AU - Chodorowska,Grażyna, PY - 2013/1/15/entrez PY - 2013/1/15/pubmed PY - 2013/7/5/medline SP - 790 EP - 2 JF - Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine : AAEM JO - Ann Agric Environ Med VL - 19 IS - 4 N2 - INTRODUCTION: The medical leech (Hirudo medicinalis) has been used throughout the centuries and continues to be used today, mainly in reconstructive surgery and microsurgery. Easy access to these animals may entail an improper use of this therapeutic method by patients as a form of self-treatment. CASE REPORT: A man who presented with skin erythema and oedema due to the application of a medical leech. DISCUSSION: Infection is considered the most common complication of hirudotherapy, even though bacteriological examination of leech applied by the patient showed neither bacterial nor parasitic infection. The skin lesions were probably of allergic origin; whether this reaction was due to substances released from the leech or as a consequence of reusing the same leech, remains to be determined. SN - 1898-2263 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23311809/Cutaneous_complications_of_improper_leech_application_ L2 - http://www.aaem.pl/fulltext.php?ICID=1024056 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -