Successful treatment of venous congestion in free skin flaps using medical leeches (Journal article)

Soucacos, P. N./ Beris, A. E./ Malizos, K. N./ Xenakis, T. A./ Georgoulis, A.

Of 74 patients with extensive skin loss of the upper and lower extremities who were treated with free skin flaps, 20 patients presented with venous insufficiency within the immediate 6 to 12 hours following surgery. In 17 of these patients, the venous congestion after free tissue transfer was successfully treated with medical leeches. The remaining three skin flaps did not survive, despite leeching, as well as exploration and revision of the venous anastomoses. The results from this small number of patients with free skin tissue transfer are encouraging, suggesting that in the presence of venous congestion, the use of medicinal leeches is a desirable modality of treatment.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Adolescent,Adult,Aged,Animals,Child,Female,Humans,*Leeches,Male,Middle Aged,Postoperative Complications/*therapy,Regional Blood Flow,*Surgical Flaps,Venous Insufficiency/etiology/*therapy
ISSN: 0738-1085
Appears in Collections:Άρθρα σε επιστημονικά περιοδικά ( Ανοικτά)

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