Novel use of a hemostatic dressing in the management of a bleeding leech bite: A case report and review of the literature

Preston J. Fedor

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Abstract

Persistent bleeding from leech bites is a common occurrence, although little evidence is available to guide management. Detailed here is the case of a 30-year-old American man who presented with two leech bites after a trek through the jungle in Nepal, one of which continued to briskly ooze blood despite standard wound care. The wound was ultimately treated with QuikClot gauze, which allowed for rapid hemostasis without rebleeding. This case report describes the first use of a hemostatic dressing for this purpose, and reviews what is known about hemostatic agents and about leeches in order to discuss how they make us bleed and what to do when a leech bite occurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • bandages
  • bleeding
  • blood coagulation
  • ectoparasitic infestations
  • hemostatic techniques
  • leeches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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