Nasal Hirudiniasis: An Uncommon Cause of Unilateral Nasal Obstruction and Epistaxis

JOURNAL TITLE: An International Journal Clinical Rhinology

Author
1. C Preetam
2. Alok Thakar
3. Kapil Sikka
4. Rohit Verma
ISSN
0974-4630
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10013-1070
Volume
4
Issue
1
Publishing Year
2011
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
    1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
    2. AIIMS, New Delhi
    3. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
    1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
    1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi, India
    2. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • Article keywords
    Hirudo medicinalis, Hirudin, Lidocaine

    Abstract

    Leech infestations are known as hirudiniasis.1 Leeches are blood-sucking hermaphroditic parasites that vary in color and range in length from a few millimeters to half a meter. They enter the human body through drinking water, and localize on the mucosa of the upper aerodigestive tract.2 In this paper, we present a case with one month history of intermittent epistaxis and nasal obstruction. The cause was found to be a leech in the nose by means of endoscopic examination. We used an easy method to remove the parasite.

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