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The value of medical leeches in the treatment of class IIC ring avulsion injuries: report of 2 cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15465249     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ring avulsion injuries pose a serious problem for the hand surgeon. According to the severity of the injury several classifications and their modifications have been proposed. In class IIC ring avulsion injuries arterial circulation is intact but only the venous supply is disrupted. Several therapeutic approaches have been suggested for these types of injuries. We present two class IIC cases that were treated successfully solely with leeches, with excellent results. Although the method is not a substitute for microvascular intervention leeches can be used when the clinical condition of a patient does not permit a lengthy surgery and if microvascular techniques fail or are thought to be pointless.
Dogan Tuncali; Ahmen Terzioglu; Bülent Cigsar; Gürcan Aslan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hand surgery     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0363-5023     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Surg Am     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-06     Completed Date:  2005-04-22     Revised Date:  2009-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609631     Medline TA:  J Hand Surg Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  943-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cebeci, Ankara, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Finger Injuries / therapy*
Hirudo medicinalis
Middle Aged
Treatment Outcome

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