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Leeches — the good, the bad and the wiggly

O'Dempsey, Timothy (2012) 'Leeches — the good, the bad and the wiggly'. Paediatrics and International Child Health, Vol 32, Issue Supp 2, pp. S16-S20.

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Abstract

Leeches have been making a remarkable come-back in medical practice in recent years, particularly in reconstructive surgery. This paper opens with a brief review of the historical aspects of the medicinal use of leeches and their recent renaissance in modern medical practice. We then embark on a journey through the murky waters of leech infestation and the potentially life-threatening complications arising from close encounters with these extraordinary creatures. Finally, we get to grips with the tricky issue of safely apprehending and removing uninvited hangers-on.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Helminths. Annelida > QX 451 Annelida
WB Practice of Medicine > Therapeutics > WB 381 Phlebotomy. Bloodletting. Leeching
WD Disorders of Systemic, Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc > Animal Poisons > WD 420 Spiders. Scorpions. Centipedes. Leeches
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1179/2046904712z.00000000074
Depositing User: Martin Chapman
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:08
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/4711

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