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2023 Jan 02

BMC Complement Med Ther



Keratitis following leech therapy for periocular eczematous dermatitis: a case report.


Özkaya D
BMC Complement Med Ther. 2023 Jan 02; 23(1):124.
PMID: 36588163.


The medicinal leech therapy (MLT) is a kind of complementary treatment method used for various diseases. The leeches (Hirudo medicinalis) have been used for more than 2500 years by surgeons. The substances presenting in the saliva of leeches have anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, platelet inhibitory, thrombin regulatory, analgesic, extracellular matrix degradative and antimicrobial effects. The method is cheap, easy to apply, effective and its mechanisms of action have been clarified for specific diseases. Infection particularly Aeromonas infection is the most common complication of MLT.