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Complications of leech therapy.
Avicenna J Phytomed. 2020 May-Jun; 10(3):222-234.AJ

Abstract

Objective

The principle of the use of leeches is associated with traditional medicine of many countries and its application has different philosophies for use in different areas of the body. Leeches, with all the benefits, can have dangers.

Materials and Methods

A review of complications of leech therapy was done based on English articles indexed in the databases up to July 1, 2018. A strategic search has done independently by members of the research team and then all of the articles were +categorized by subject.

Results

Related articles were mostly case-reports. Complications were divided into five categories including infection, allergy, prolonged bleeding, migration, and others. Infection is the most-reported complication related to leech therapy and Aeromonas spp. has the most participation in infections.

Conclusion

Leech therapy can be a therapeutic complementary method if the possible complications are managed properly.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Student Research Committee, Faculty of Allied Medicine Branch, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.Student Research Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery Branch, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.Research Institute for Islamic and Complementary Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. School of Persian Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32523877

Citation

Pourrahimi, Matineh, et al. "Complications of Leech Therapy." Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, vol. 10, no. 3, 2020, pp. 222-234.
Pourrahimi M, Abdi M, Ghods R. Complications of leech therapy. Avicenna J Phytomed. 2020;10(3):222-234.
Pourrahimi, M., Abdi, M., & Ghods, R. (2020). Complications of leech therapy. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, 10(3), 222-234.
Pourrahimi M, Abdi M, Ghods R. Complications of Leech Therapy. Avicenna J Phytomed. 2020 May-Jun;10(3):222-234. PubMed PMID: 32523877.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Complications of leech therapy. AU - Pourrahimi,Matineh, AU - Abdi,Mojtaba, AU - Ghods,Roshanak, PY - 2020/6/12/entrez PY - 2020/6/12/pubmed PY - 2020/6/12/medline KW - Complementary medicine KW - Complication KW - Leech KW - Leech therapy SP - 222 EP - 234 JF - Avicenna journal of phytomedicine JO - Avicenna J Phytomed VL - 10 IS - 3 N2 - Objective: The principle of the use of leeches is associated with traditional medicine of many countries and its application has different philosophies for use in different areas of the body. Leeches, with all the benefits, can have dangers. Materials and Methods: A review of complications of leech therapy was done based on English articles indexed in the databases up to July 1, 2018. A strategic search has done independently by members of the research team and then all of the articles were +categorized by subject. Results: Related articles were mostly case-reports. Complications were divided into five categories including infection, allergy, prolonged bleeding, migration, and others. Infection is the most-reported complication related to leech therapy and Aeromonas spp. has the most participation in infections. Conclusion: Leech therapy can be a therapeutic complementary method if the possible complications are managed properly. SN - 2228-7930 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32523877/Complications_of_leech_therapy L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/32523877/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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