Saturday, September 27, 2008

Leech therapy may be useful in penile replantation

August 1st, 2004

Leech therapy may be useful in penile replantation.

"Penile amputation is a rare urologic trauma for which immediate surgical replantation is indicated," surgeons in the United States explained. "Microsurgical techniques can reduce skin and graft loss complications; nonetheless, such complications are still highly prevalent."

M. Mineo and colleagues at the University of Texas described "a case of self-inflicted penile amputation" and a "nonmicrosurgical technique for replantation."

"To improve postoperative edema due to venous congestion, we applied medicinal leeches to the penis," according to the report.

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