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Cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia induced by Hirudo medicinalis (leeches).
J Complement Integr Med. 2019 Dec 04; 16(4)JC

Abstract

For centuries, Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech) has been used as a remedy to treat many discomforts, such as muscle and joint pain. Nowadays, using leech in reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, wound and flap healing, venous insufficiency, varicosities and many other disorders has increased. In this study, we report a 45 year old female patient with six pruritic papules on her legs since10 months ago that appeared about 4 weeks after one session of leech application. Skin biopsy was performed on one of the papules, and in histopathology, superficial ulceration with a dense superficial and deep inflammatory infiltrate within the dermis composed of lymphocytes and eosinophils detected that considering history of leech application at this site, these constellation of data was compatible with the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia induced by leeches and the patient was cured by a topical steroid and cryotherapy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Dermatology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences Molecular Dermatology Research Center, Shiraz, Iran.Dermatology Resident, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.Dermatology Resident, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.Department of Pathology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.Dermatology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences Molecular Dermatology Research Center, Shiraz, Iran.Radiology Resident, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31804958

Citation

Sadati, Maryam Sadat, et al. "Cutaneous Lymphoid Hyperplasia Induced By Hirudo Medicinalis (leeches)." Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine, vol. 16, no. 4, 2019.
Sadati MS, Rezaee M, Ghafarpur S, et al. Cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia induced by Hirudo medicinalis (leeches). J Complement Integr Med. 2019;16(4).
Sadati, M. S., Rezaee, M., Ghafarpur, S., Aslani, F. S., Dastgheib, L., & Jahankhah, R. (2019). Cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia induced by Hirudo medicinalis (leeches). Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine, 16(4). https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2016-0056
Sadati MS, et al. Cutaneous Lymphoid Hyperplasia Induced By Hirudo Medicinalis (leeches). J Complement Integr Med. 2019 Dec 4;16(4) PubMed PMID: 31804958.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia induced by Hirudo medicinalis (leeches). AU - Sadati,Maryam Sadat, AU - Rezaee,Maryam, AU - Ghafarpur,Sara, AU - Aslani,Fatemeh Sari, AU - Dastgheib,Ladan, AU - Jahankhah,Reza, Y1 - 2019/12/04/ PY - 2016/06/08/received PY - 2019/03/13/accepted PY - 2019/12/6/pubmed PY - 2020/5/6/medline PY - 2019/12/6/entrez KW - cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia KW - leech therapy KW - pruritic papules JF - Journal of complementary & integrative medicine JO - J Complement Integr Med VL - 16 IS - 4 N2 - For centuries, Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech) has been used as a remedy to treat many discomforts, such as muscle and joint pain. Nowadays, using leech in reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, wound and flap healing, venous insufficiency, varicosities and many other disorders has increased. In this study, we report a 45 year old female patient with six pruritic papules on her legs since10 months ago that appeared about 4 weeks after one session of leech application. Skin biopsy was performed on one of the papules, and in histopathology, superficial ulceration with a dense superficial and deep inflammatory infiltrate within the dermis composed of lymphocytes and eosinophils detected that considering history of leech application at this site, these constellation of data was compatible with the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia induced by leeches and the patient was cured by a topical steroid and cryotherapy. SN - 1553-3840 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31804958/Cutaneous_lymphoid_hyperplasia_induced_by_Hirudo_medicinalis__leeches__ L2 - https://www.degruyter.com/doi/10.1515/jcim-2016-0056 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -