Removal of a laryngeal leech: A safe and effective method

Uygur K., Yasan H., Yavuz L., Dogru H.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY, cilt.24, sa.5, ss.338-340, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 24 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/s0196-0709(03)00058-9
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.338-340


This article presents a case of hoarseness, dysphagia, and hemoptysis caused by the laryngeal localization of a leech. This pathological condition is extremely rare in urban areas but is frequent in endemic rural areas. Laryngoscopic evaluation of our patient has shown a leech lodged on the left arytenoid region hanging down to larynx. We present a patient living in an urban area with laryngeal leech that was removed under general induction anesthesia of sevoflurane via a face mask without endotracheal intubation. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.