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Novel Use of a Hemostatic Dressing in the Management of a Bleeding Leech Bite: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.
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PMID:  22441088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Persistent bleeding from leech bites is a common occurrence, although little evidence is available to guide management. Detailed here is the case of a 30-year-old American man who presented with two leech bites after a trek through the jungle in Nepal, one of which continued to briskly ooze blood despite standard wound care. The wound was ultimately treated with QuikClot gauze, which allowed for rapid hemostasis without rebleeding. This case report describes the first use of a hemostatic dressing for this purpose, and reviews what is known about hemostatic agents and about leeches in order to discuss how they make us bleed and what to do when a leech bite occurs.
Preston J Fedor
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Wilderness & environmental medicine     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1545-1534     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505185     Medline TA:  Wilderness Environ Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  44-48     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Wilderness Medical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Surgery (Emergency Medicine), Section on EMS, Disaster Medicine, and Homeland Security, Dallas, TX.
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