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An Unusual Cause of Bleeding on the Floor of Mouth: Leech Infestation.
Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2015 Dec; 39(4):323-5.TP

Abstract

Leech infestation is a very rare phenomenon in humans. It mostly occurs in humans when rural untreated water is drunk or while swimming in streams or lakes. When leeches adhere to the mucous membrane, they ingest blood. Thus, they can sometimes cause severe anemia that may require blood transfusion. We report a case that was referred to emergency service with bleeding in the floor of the mouth. A 10-year-old child was referred to the emergency service of a city hospital with a complaint of swelling in the floor of the mouth and spitting of blood. The patient was promptly taken to the operating room. Using local anesthesia, a surgical incision was made, and a moving, dark brown foreign body was removed from the floor of the mouth and identified as a leech. Leech endoparasitism should be considered as a cause of unexplained anemia due to bleeding from the throat. Accordingly, leech infestation must be considered in differential diagnosis when a patient complains of spitting of blood, hoarseness, or dysphagia.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Bozok Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Kulak Burun Boğaz Anabilim Dalı, Yozgat, Türkiye. ykantekin@yahoo.com.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26809923

Citation

Kantekin, Yunus, et al. "An Unusual Cause of Bleeding On the Floor of Mouth: Leech Infestation." Turkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi, vol. 39, no. 4, 2015, pp. 323-5.
Kantekin Y, Sarı K, Özkırış M, et al. An Unusual Cause of Bleeding on the Floor of Mouth: Leech Infestation. Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2015;39(4):323-5.
Kantekin, Y., Sarı, K., Özkırış, M., & Kapusuz Gencer, Z. (2015). An Unusual Cause of Bleeding on the Floor of Mouth: Leech Infestation. Turkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi, 39(4), 323-5. https://doi.org/10.5152/tpd.2015.4254
Kantekin Y, et al. An Unusual Cause of Bleeding On the Floor of Mouth: Leech Infestation. Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2015;39(4):323-5. PubMed PMID: 26809923.
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TY - JOUR T1 - An Unusual Cause of Bleeding on the Floor of Mouth: Leech Infestation. AU - Kantekin,Yunus, AU - Sarı,Kamran, AU - Özkırış,Mahmut, AU - Kapusuz Gencer,Zeliha, PY - 2016/1/27/entrez PY - 2016/1/27/pubmed PY - 2016/9/22/medline SP - 323 EP - 5 JF - Turkiye parazitolojii dergisi JO - Turkiye Parazitol Derg VL - 39 IS - 4 N2 - Leech infestation is a very rare phenomenon in humans. It mostly occurs in humans when rural untreated water is drunk or while swimming in streams or lakes. When leeches adhere to the mucous membrane, they ingest blood. Thus, they can sometimes cause severe anemia that may require blood transfusion. We report a case that was referred to emergency service with bleeding in the floor of the mouth. A 10-year-old child was referred to the emergency service of a city hospital with a complaint of swelling in the floor of the mouth and spitting of blood. The patient was promptly taken to the operating room. Using local anesthesia, a surgical incision was made, and a moving, dark brown foreign body was removed from the floor of the mouth and identified as a leech. Leech endoparasitism should be considered as a cause of unexplained anemia due to bleeding from the throat. Accordingly, leech infestation must be considered in differential diagnosis when a patient complains of spitting of blood, hoarseness, or dysphagia. SN - 2146-3077 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26809923/An_Unusual_Cause_of_Bleeding_on_the_Floor_of_Mouth:_Leech_Infestation_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.5152/tpd.2015.4254 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -