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Prolonged venous bleeding due to traditional treatment with leech bite: a case report.

Kaya B, Bat O, Bulut NE, Altun H, Memisoglu K - J Med Case Rep (2011)

Bottom Line: In Turkey, it is used most commonly in the management of venous diseases of lower extremities.Hemostasis was achieved by vein ligation under local anesthesia.In such cases, hemostasis either with local pressure or ligation of the bleeding vessel is mandatory.

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Affiliation: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Training And Research Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey. drbkaya@yahoo.com.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, has been used in the treatment of many diseases for thousands of years. In Turkey, it is used most commonly in the management of venous diseases of lower extremities.

Case presentation: A 25-year-old Turkish woman presented to our emergency room with bleeding from her left leg. She had been treated for varicose veins in her lower extremities with leeches about 24 hours before admission to the emergency room. The bleeding was controlled by applying pressure with sterile gauze upon the wound, and she was discharged. She returned after four hours having started bleeding again. Hemostasis was achieved by vein ligation under local anesthesia.

Conclusions: Leech bite should be evaluated as a special injury. Prolonged bleeding can be seen after leech bites. In such cases, hemostasis either with local pressure or ligation of the bleeding vessel is mandatory.

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Mentions: A 25-year-old Turkish woman presented to the emergency department with bleeding from her left leg. She had been treated with leeches for varicose veins in her lower extremities about 24 hours prior to her admission. The leeches had stayed in place for three to four hours in the posterior region of her legs. Her medical history was otherwise unremarkable. There was no bleeding diathesis and she was not taking any medication. On physical examination, she was a healthy woman with no findings of distress. Her vital signs were normal. There was oozing bleeding from her left leg. Punctured skin and bleeding, dilated veins were detected (Figure 1). There was no ecchymosis, swelling, or erythema. The bleeding was controlled by compression applied with sterile gauze, and our patient was subsequently discharged.


Prolonged venous bleeding due to traditional treatment with leech bite: a case report.

Kaya B, Bat O, Bulut NE, Altun H, Memisoglu K - J Med Case Rep (2011)

Bleeding after leech bite.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3108320&req=5

Figure 1: Bleeding after leech bite.
Mentions: A 25-year-old Turkish woman presented to the emergency department with bleeding from her left leg. She had been treated with leeches for varicose veins in her lower extremities about 24 hours prior to her admission. The leeches had stayed in place for three to four hours in the posterior region of her legs. Her medical history was otherwise unremarkable. There was no bleeding diathesis and she was not taking any medication. On physical examination, she was a healthy woman with no findings of distress. Her vital signs were normal. There was oozing bleeding from her left leg. Punctured skin and bleeding, dilated veins were detected (Figure 1). There was no ecchymosis, swelling, or erythema. The bleeding was controlled by compression applied with sterile gauze, and our patient was subsequently discharged.

Bottom Line: In Turkey, it is used most commonly in the management of venous diseases of lower extremities.Hemostasis was achieved by vein ligation under local anesthesia.In such cases, hemostasis either with local pressure or ligation of the bleeding vessel is mandatory.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Training And Research Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey. drbkaya@yahoo.com.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, has been used in the treatment of many diseases for thousands of years. In Turkey, it is used most commonly in the management of venous diseases of lower extremities.

Case presentation: A 25-year-old Turkish woman presented to our emergency room with bleeding from her left leg. She had been treated for varicose veins in her lower extremities with leeches about 24 hours before admission to the emergency room. The bleeding was controlled by applying pressure with sterile gauze upon the wound, and she was discharged. She returned after four hours having started bleeding again. Hemostasis was achieved by vein ligation under local anesthesia.

Conclusions: Leech bite should be evaluated as a special injury. Prolonged bleeding can be seen after leech bites. In such cases, hemostasis either with local pressure or ligation of the bleeding vessel is mandatory.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus