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A Comprehensive Review of Hirudiniasis: From Historic Uses of Leeches to Modern Treatments of Their Bites.
Wilderness Environ Med. 2017 Dec; 28(4):355-361.WE

Abstract

Exposure to leeches in the wilderness setting is common. Leeches may attach themselves to exposed skin or pass through one of the body's orifices and attach internally. The condition of leech attachment is known as hirudiniasis, which can result in serious morbidity and, rarely, mortality. A comprehensive review of the literature was performed to detail the prevention of leech attachment, as well as both anecdotal and studied methods of removal. Complications from leech attachments include ongoing bleeding, wound infection, and poor wound healing. Although medicinal leeches are the most well-studied variety, this review examines all aspects of leech attachment, prevention, and management.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Emergency Medicine (Drs Joslin, Biondich, and Walker). Electronic address: JoslinJ@upstate.edu.Department of Emergency Medicine (Drs Joslin, Biondich, and Walker).Department of Emergency Medicine (Drs Joslin, Biondich, and Walker).College of Medicine (Ms Zanghi), Upstate Medical University, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29030099

Citation

Joslin, Jeremy, et al. "A Comprehensive Review of Hirudiniasis: From Historic Uses of Leeches to Modern Treatments of Their Bites." Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, vol. 28, no. 4, 2017, pp. 355-361.
Joslin J, Biondich A, Walker K, et al. A Comprehensive Review of Hirudiniasis: From Historic Uses of Leeches to Modern Treatments of Their Bites. Wilderness Environ Med. 2017;28(4):355-361.
Joslin, J., Biondich, A., Walker, K., & Zanghi, N. (2017). A Comprehensive Review of Hirudiniasis: From Historic Uses of Leeches to Modern Treatments of Their Bites. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 28(4), 355-361. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wem.2017.08.002
Joslin J, et al. A Comprehensive Review of Hirudiniasis: From Historic Uses of Leeches to Modern Treatments of Their Bites. Wilderness Environ Med. 2017;28(4):355-361. PubMed PMID: 29030099.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A Comprehensive Review of Hirudiniasis: From Historic Uses of Leeches to Modern Treatments of Their Bites. AU - Joslin,Jeremy, AU - Biondich,Amy, AU - Walker,Kara, AU - Zanghi,Nicole, Y1 - 2017/10/10/ PY - 2016/09/26/received PY - 2017/08/09/revised PY - 2017/08/15/accepted PY - 2017/10/17/pubmed PY - 2018/6/21/medline PY - 2017/10/15/entrez KW - leeches KW - review KW - wilderness medicine SP - 355 EP - 361 JF - Wilderness & environmental medicine JO - Wilderness Environ Med VL - 28 IS - 4 N2 - Exposure to leeches in the wilderness setting is common. Leeches may attach themselves to exposed skin or pass through one of the body's orifices and attach internally. The condition of leech attachment is known as hirudiniasis, which can result in serious morbidity and, rarely, mortality. A comprehensive review of the literature was performed to detail the prevention of leech attachment, as well as both anecdotal and studied methods of removal. Complications from leech attachments include ongoing bleeding, wound infection, and poor wound healing. Although medicinal leeches are the most well-studied variety, this review examines all aspects of leech attachment, prevention, and management. SN - 1545-1534 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29030099/A_Comprehensive_Review_of_Hirudiniasis:_From_Historic_Uses_of_Leeches_to_Modern_Treatments_of_Their_Bites_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1080-6032(17)30237-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -