Removal of a laryngeal leech: A safe and effective method

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

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY, vol.24, no.5, pp.338-340, 2003 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0196-0709(03)00058-9
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.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.