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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: After four hours, our patient was again admitted to our emergency department with recurrent bleeding. The wound was cleaned with antiseptic solution. On physical examination, there were dilated veins with bleeding. The bleeding was active. Her varicose veins were explored under local anesthesia. The veins punctured by leech bite were dissected by operation. They were ligated with 4/0 Vicril Rapide sutures (Figure 2).


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)

Ligation of bleeding vessels performed in the emergency room.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3108320&req=5

Figure 2: Ligation of bleeding vessels performed in the emergency room.
Mentions: After four hours, our patient was again admitted to our emergency department with recurrent bleeding. The wound was cleaned with antiseptic solution. On physical examination, there were dilated veins with bleeding. The bleeding was active. Her varicose veins were explored under local anesthesia. The veins punctured by leech bite were dissected by operation. They were ligated with 4/0 Vicril Rapide sutures (Figure 2).

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