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A Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Leeches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Dec; 7(12):e2555.PR

Abstract

Medicinal leeches are a US Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for venous congestion in graft tissue to promote healing and can serve as a nonsurgical option for plastic surgery patients with concern for tissue compromise. Although there is a wealth of documentation on medicinal leech therapy, the surgical space currently lacks an updated summary of proper indications, use, and risks as they pertain to plastic surgical patients. The purpose of this article is to provide a platform for understanding the recent literature as it relates to reconstruction to improve understanding of indications and necessary considerations in using hirudotherapy. Topics examined include basics of hirudotherapy, indications in plastic surgery, implementation (leech application, number and duration of therapy, and removal), risks (infection and bleeding), and alternative treatments. The evidence provided will aid in physician understanding and implementation, patient counseling, and the informed consent process.

Authors+Show Affiliations

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio.Department of Plastic Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32537302

Citation

Hackenberger, Paige N., and Jeffrey E. Janis. "A Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Leeches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open, vol. 7, no. 12, 2019, pp. e2555.
Hackenberger PN, Janis JE. A Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Leeches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019;7(12):e2555.
Hackenberger, P. N., & Janis, J. E. (2019). A Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Leeches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open, 7(12), e2555. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000002555
Hackenberger PN, Janis JE. A Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Leeches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019;7(12):e2555. PubMed PMID: 32537302.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A Comprehensive Review of Medicinal Leeches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. AU - Hackenberger,Paige N, AU - Janis,Jeffrey E, Y1 - 2019/12/26/ PY - 2019/10/04/received PY - 2019/10/09/accepted PY - 2020/6/16/entrez SP - e2555 EP - e2555 JF - Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open JO - Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open VL - 7 IS - 12 N2 - Medicinal leeches are a US Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for venous congestion in graft tissue to promote healing and can serve as a nonsurgical option for plastic surgery patients with concern for tissue compromise. Although there is a wealth of documentation on medicinal leech therapy, the surgical space currently lacks an updated summary of proper indications, use, and risks as they pertain to plastic surgical patients. The purpose of this article is to provide a platform for understanding the recent literature as it relates to reconstruction to improve understanding of indications and necessary considerations in using hirudotherapy. Topics examined include basics of hirudotherapy, indications in plastic surgery, implementation (leech application, number and duration of therapy, and removal), risks (infection and bleeding), and alternative treatments. The evidence provided will aid in physician understanding and implementation, patient counseling, and the informed consent process. SN - 2169-7574 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32537302/A_Comprehensive_Review_of_Medicinal_Leeches_in_Plastic_and_Reconstructive_Surgery L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/32537302/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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