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Wien Med Wochenschr. 2015 Oct;165(19-20):419-25. doi: 10.1007/s10354-015-0382-5. Epub 2015 Aug 22.

Medical leech therapy in plastic reconstructive surgery.

Author information

1
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, USA. Khosrow.Houschyar@Bergmannstrost.com.
2
Clinic for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Bergmannstrost Halle, Merseburger Str. 165, 06112, Halle, Germany. Khosrow.Houschyar@Bergmannstrost.com.
3
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, USA.
4
Department of Internal and Complementary Medicine, Immanuel Hospital Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

The use of Hirudo medicinalis in clinical practice has increased in recent years. The primary indication in plastic surgery has traditionally been venous congestion. However, other reported clinical applications were in varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, and osteoarthritis. In this review, we summarize recent data elucidating the role that medicinal leeches play in the field of plastic surgery.

KEYWORDS:

Leech; Reconstruction; Venous congestion

PMID:
26297126
DOI:
10.1007/s10354-015-0382-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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