Leech Therapy in Thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's Disease)
Leech therapy or hirudotherapy has been in use in various disciplines of medicine ranges from reconstructive and plastic surgery to vascular and general surgery. Leech inflicts a painless bite from a sucking disk at each ends of its body. The leech saliva injected in to the wound possesses various metabolically active substances causing beneficial effects locally and systematically. Leech therapy in the patients of Buerger’s disease was performed and the therapeutic benefits were evaluated.
Buerger’s disease is also known as thromboangiitis obliterans is a disorder of peripheral arteries affecting commonly the lower limb. Extensive thrombosis leads to reduced blood supply. Initial claudication follows severe pain and disability to walk. Leech therapy has been found very useful in cure of the diseases as well as in improvement of quality of life.
Text book Of surgery
Sawyer's manual of leech
Bailey and Love
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