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Indications and Contraindications to the Use of Medicinal Leeches

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care
General Surgery

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Description:

The use of the medicinal leech Hirudo medicinalis may be indicated under certain clinical situations. Severe passive congestion may cause a problem that cannot be relieved by other methods; this may involve occlusion of the microcirculation or obstruction of the airway. The application of leeches may be sufficient to reduce congestion and to reverse problem.

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