Turkish Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
Case Report

An Unusual Cause of Dysphagia: Live Leech in the Tongue Base


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Mersin University Faculty of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey


Mersin Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Kulak Burun Boğaz Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Mersin, Türkiye


Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Mersin University Faculty of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey

Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2015; 53: 192-194
DOI: 10.5152/tao.2015.1240
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Inhaled or ingested foreign bodies are relatively common causes of airway obstructions. They can be associated with significant morbidity and even mortality. Although various foreign bodies are aspirated or ingested, live leeches are rarely encountered. We reported a case of a live leech at the base of the tongue in an 18-year-old female patient with a history of unfiltered spring water drinking. We discussed the surgical technique and importance of anesthesia with this brief study.

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