Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical review

The medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, is an excellent example of the use of invertebrates in the treatment of human disease. Utilized for various medical indications since the ancient times, the medicinal leech is currently being used in a narrow range of well-defined and scientifically-grounded...

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Main Authors: B S Porshinsky, S Saha, M D Grossman, PR Beery II, SPA Stawicki
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications 2011-01-01
Series:Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
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Online Access:http://www.jpgmonline.com/article.asp?issn=0022-3859;year=2011;volume=57;issue=1;spage=65;epage=71;aulast=Porshinsky
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spelling doaj-4af1396d05ac473e8e9d65b7cfca5e822020-11-24T22:39:29ZengWolters Kluwer Medknow PublicationsJournal of Postgraduate Medicine0022-38590972-28232011-01-01571657110.4103/0022-3859.74297Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical reviewB S PorshinskyS SahaM D GrossmanPR Beery IISPA StawickiThe medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, is an excellent example of the use of invertebrates in the treatment of human disease. Utilized for various medical indications since the ancient times, the medicinal leech is currently being used in a narrow range of well-defined and scientifically-grounded clinical applications. Hirudotherapy is most commonly used in the setting of venous congestion associated with soft tissue replantations and free flap-based reconstructive surgery. This is a comprehensive review of current clinical applications of hirudotherapy, featuring a comprehensive search of all major medical search engines (i.e. PubMed, Google Scholar, ScientificCommons) and other cross-referenced sources. The authors focus on indications, contraindications, practical application/handling of the leech, and therapy-related complications.http://www.jpgmonline.com/article.asp?issn=0022-3859;year=2011;volume=57;issue=1;spage=65;epage=71;aulast=PorshinskyComplicationscontraindicationshirudotherapyindicationsmedicinal leech
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S Saha
M D Grossman
PR Beery II
SPA Stawicki
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S Saha
M D Grossman
PR Beery II
SPA Stawicki
Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical review
Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Complications
contraindications
hirudotherapy
indications
medicinal leech
author_facet B S Porshinsky
S Saha
M D Grossman
PR Beery II
SPA Stawicki
author_sort B S Porshinsky
title Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical review
title_short Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical review
title_full Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical review
title_fullStr Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical review
title_full_unstemmed Clinical uses of the medicinal leech: A practical review
title_sort clinical uses of the medicinal leech: a practical review
publisher Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
series Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
issn 0022-3859
0972-2823
publishDate 2011-01-01
description The medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, is an excellent example of the use of invertebrates in the treatment of human disease. Utilized for various medical indications since the ancient times, the medicinal leech is currently being used in a narrow range of well-defined and scientifically-grounded clinical applications. Hirudotherapy is most commonly used in the setting of venous congestion associated with soft tissue replantations and free flap-based reconstructive surgery. This is a comprehensive review of current clinical applications of hirudotherapy, featuring a comprehensive search of all major medical search engines (i.e. PubMed, Google Scholar, ScientificCommons) and other cross-referenced sources. The authors focus on indications, contraindications, practical application/handling of the leech, and therapy-related complications.
topic Complications
contraindications
hirudotherapy
indications
medicinal leech
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