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Nasal leech infestation: Have you eaten yet?

“Nasal leech infestation rarely occurs in society today and it is usually reported as an anecdote. In this study, we present seven nasal leeches in six patients from 1984 to 2008… Four patients were less than 8 years old and two patients were older than 60 years old. All patients had spent time in rural streams 2 weeks to 2 months before the symptoms occurred. All of the seven leeches were removed smoothly and one leech migrated to the oropharynx during the operation. The length of the leeches ranged from 2 to 12 cm with an average length of 4.6 cm…”

via  Discoblog | Discover Magazine

That’s roughly 3/4 of an inch to 5 inches, in case you were wondering.

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February 28, 2010 - Posted by | Medical, medicine

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