Thrombotic microangiopathy as a complication of medicinal leech therapy

Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, Jalal Etemadi, Mohammad R. Ardalan, Roza Motavali, R. Shane Tubbs

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Abstract

Medicinal leeches (hirudo medicinalis) are increasingly used as a useful therapeutic option in various medical and surgical settings. The potential complications associated with this therapy include infections with Aeromonas species, bleeding, anemia, and allergic reactions. We describe a patient who developed thrombotic microangiopathy and acute renal failure following leech therapy. It is proposed that the series of nonhuman proteins within leech saliva may be capable of injuring the endothelium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-847
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern medical journal
Volume101
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Leeching
Thrombotic Microangiopathies
Leeches
Hirudo medicinalis
Aeromonas
Saliva
Acute Kidney Injury
Endothelium
Anemia
Hypersensitivity
Hemorrhage
Therapeutics
Infection
Proteins

Keywords

  • Endothelium
  • Leech
  • Renal failure
  • Thrombotic microan-giopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Mohajel Shoja, M., Etemadi, J., Ardalan, M. R., Motavali, R., & Tubbs, R. S. (2008). Thrombotic microangiopathy as a complication of medicinal leech therapy. Southern medical journal, 101(8), 845-847.

Thrombotic microangiopathy as a complication of medicinal leech therapy. / Mohajel Shoja, Mohammadali; Etemadi, Jalal; Ardalan, Mohammad R.; Motavali, Roza; Tubbs, R. Shane.

In: Southern medical journal, Vol. 101, No. 8, 01.08.2008, p. 845-847.

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Mohajel Shoja, M, Etemadi, J, Ardalan, MR, Motavali, R & Tubbs, RS 2008, 'Thrombotic microangiopathy as a complication of medicinal leech therapy', Southern medical journal, vol. 101, no. 8, pp. 845-847.
Mohajel Shoja M, Etemadi J, Ardalan MR, Motavali R, Tubbs RS. Thrombotic microangiopathy as a complication of medicinal leech therapy. Southern medical journal. 2008 Aug 1;101(8):845-847.
Mohajel Shoja, Mohammadali ; Etemadi, Jalal ; Ardalan, Mohammad R. ; Motavali, Roza ; Tubbs, R. Shane. / Thrombotic microangiopathy as a complication of medicinal leech therapy. In: Southern medical journal. 2008 ; Vol. 101, No. 8. pp. 845-847.
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