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Leech therapy in the management of acute venous congestion of an infant's lower limb.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9774018     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report the successful use of leech therapy in the postsurgical management of an infant with acute venous congestion of an entire lower limb. Two days of constant leech therapy, followed by 5 days of intermittent application, decongested the affected tissues. There were no complications related to the leech therapy, and mild cutaneous hyperpigmentation was the only long-term complication of the acute venous congestion. The volume of the affected tissue may limit the success of leech therapy in cases of acute venous congestion in the limbs of adults. Nevertheless, the use of leeches to manage acute venous congestion of large portions of infants' bodies should be considered when surgical therapies are not feasible.
A B Weinfeld; M Kattash; R Grifka; J D Friedman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0032-1052     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-10-29     Completed Date:  1998-10-29     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1611-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Iliac Vein / injuries*
Infant, Newborn
Vascular Diseases / therapy*

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