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A Rare Cause of Hemoptysis: Oropharyngeal Leech
Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2020 Mar 20; 44(1):61-63.TP

Abstract

We report the case of a 33-year-old patient who presented with dyspnea and hemoptysis due to an oropharyngeal leech infestation. The patient was a shepherd and his detailed history revealed that he had been drinking water from natural springs. In the examination, a vivid dark green colored foreign body moving towards the nasopharynx and hypopharynx was detected in the oropharynx. The leech was removed under local anesthesia by gently grasping with the help of a long clamp. It should be noted that leeches are common in rural water sources and they can cause severe morbidity and even mortalities due to serious complications such as severe anemia and airway obstructions. A thorough oral and oropharyngeal examination will be sufficient to identify such cases, indicating the importance of physical examination in patients that present with otherwise unexplained airway obstruction and hemoptysis.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Karaman State Hospital, Clinic of Otolarangology, Karaman, Turkey

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32212597

Citation

Çıldır, İdris. "A Rare Cause of Hemoptysis: Oropharyngeal Leech." Turkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi, vol. 44, no. 1, 2020, pp. 61-63.
Çıldır İ. A Rare Cause of Hemoptysis: Oropharyngeal Leech. Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2020;44(1):61-63.
Çıldır, İ. (2020). A Rare Cause of Hemoptysis: Oropharyngeal Leech. Turkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi, 44(1), 61-63. https://doi.org/10.4274/tpd.galenos.2019.6683
Çıldır İ. A Rare Cause of Hemoptysis: Oropharyngeal Leech. Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2020 Mar 20;44(1):61-63. PubMed PMID: 32212597.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A Rare Cause of Hemoptysis: Oropharyngeal Leech A1 - Çıldır,İdris, PY - 2020/3/27/entrez PY - 2020/3/27/pubmed PY - 2020/3/27/medline KW - Leech KW - hemoptysis KW - respiratory foreign body SP - 61 EP - 63 JF - Turkiye parazitolojii dergisi JO - Turkiye Parazitol Derg VL - 44 IS - 1 N2 - We report the case of a 33-year-old patient who presented with dyspnea and hemoptysis due to an oropharyngeal leech infestation. The patient was a shepherd and his detailed history revealed that he had been drinking water from natural springs. In the examination, a vivid dark green colored foreign body moving towards the nasopharynx and hypopharynx was detected in the oropharynx. The leech was removed under local anesthesia by gently grasping with the help of a long clamp. It should be noted that leeches are common in rural water sources and they can cause severe morbidity and even mortalities due to serious complications such as severe anemia and airway obstructions. A thorough oral and oropharyngeal examination will be sufficient to identify such cases, indicating the importance of physical examination in patients that present with otherwise unexplained airway obstruction and hemoptysis. SN - 2146-3077 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32212597/A_Rare_Cause_of_Hemoptysis:_Oropharyngeal_Leech L2 - https://doi.org/10.4274/tpd.galenos.2019.6683 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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