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Severe anemia due to pharyngeal leech infestation; a case report from Ethiopia.
BMC Surg. 2017 Oct 12; 17(1):102.BS

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Leeches are rare blood-sucking endoparasites. Swimming in streams and ponds as well as drinking contaminated water are the major ways to acquire leeches.

CASE PRESENTATION

A 6 year old boy who came with a history of hematemesis, frequent spitting of blood stained saliva, fatigue and anorexia to a rural hospital in Ethiopia. This was a rare case of severe anemia caused by a single leech infestation of laryngopharynx that required blood transfusion.

CONCLUSION

Leech infestation should be considered as a source of unexplained hematemesis, spitting of blood and severe anemia in rural areas.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Surgery, Addis Ababa University College of Medicine and Health Science, Tikur Anbesa Specialized Teaching Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. handworklove@gmail.com.Department of public health, Bahir Dar University College of Medicine and Health Science, Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29025407

Citation

Shitaye, Nebiyu, and Segenet Shibabaw. "Severe Anemia Due to Pharyngeal Leech Infestation; a Case Report From Ethiopia." BMC Surgery, vol. 17, no. 1, 2017, p. 102.
Shitaye N, Shibabaw S. Severe anemia due to pharyngeal leech infestation; a case report from Ethiopia. BMC Surg. 2017;17(1):102.
Shitaye, N., & Shibabaw, S. (2017). Severe anemia due to pharyngeal leech infestation; a case report from Ethiopia. BMC Surgery, 17(1), 102. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12893-017-0298-7
Shitaye N, Shibabaw S. Severe Anemia Due to Pharyngeal Leech Infestation; a Case Report From Ethiopia. BMC Surg. 2017 Oct 12;17(1):102. PubMed PMID: 29025407.
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