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Bleeding due to a medicinal leech bite
  1. İ İkizceli,
  2. L Avşaroğulları,
  3. E Sözüer,
  4. Y Yürümez,
  5. O Akdur
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Erciyes University School of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr L Avşaroğulları
 Kılıçarslan Mh, Kızılırmak Cd, Irmak Sitesi, B Blok, No: 56/29, 38030, Melikgazi, Kayseri, Turkey;;


This paper reports a case of prolonged bleeding following application of leeches to treat chronic pain. The paper discusses the characteristics of the wounds and possible complication of prolonged bleeding following medicinal leech application. The principles of treatment are also described.

  • bite
  • bleeding
  • leech

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  • Competing interests: none declared

  • Patient consent was obtained.