Severe anemia due to the pharyngeal leech Limnatis nilotica in a child

Hasan Ağin, Fahri Yüce Ayhan, Gamze Gülfidan, Didem Cevik, Hürriyet Derebaşi
2008 Turkish Journal of Parasitology  
Leech infestation can cause many different clinical symptoms such as epistaxis, haemoptysis, haematemesis, and vaginal bleeding. Therefore leech infestation should be considered as a cause of unexplained severe anemia in rural areas where aquatic leeches are common. In this paper we report a case of pharyngeal leech infestation (Limnatis nilotica) presenting with haemoptysis, and epistaxis which resulted in difficulty in making a diagnosis.
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