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Leech therapy in the treatment of median nerve compression due to forearm haematoma
  1. M Schenker1,
  2. A Murray1,
  3. S P J Kay1
  1. 1Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, St James’s Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK;

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    Heckmann et al1 describe a case of forearm compartment syndrome treated with leeches. A patient receiving anticoagulant drugs following radial arterial catheterisation complained of pain, swelling, and hardening of his forearm, with motor and sensory deficit of the hand. There was an increase in forearm girth. This patient was treated by application of 13 leeches to the volar aspect of the forearm. According to the report, the treatment was successful and at a three month follow up appointment there were no residual neurological …

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