Skip to comments.Hong Kong: Doctors Remove Leech From Woman's Nose(hikers beware!)
Posted on 04/08/2005 7:45:26 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Doctors Remove Leech From Woman's Nose
Fri Apr 8, 4:09 PM ET Strange News - AP
HONG KONG - Doctors have removed a leech from the nose of a 55-year-old Hong Kong woman after she swam and washed her face in a stream, a medical journal reported.
The woman went to her doctor complaining of nose bleeds and an occasional sensation that something was blocking her left nostril, the Hong Kong Medical Journal said in its April issue. Her family doctor noticed a "brownish mass" in her nostril but couldn't remove it because of heavy bleeding, the journal said.
The patient was taken to the emergency room, where doctors identified the problem as a bloodsucking leech. They had trouble pulling it out because the 2 inch invertebrate retracted into the nostril and disappeared, the journal said.
Part of the slimy leech was in a passage of her nasal cavity and a larger segment was in her sinus cavity, the article said.
Doctors used a nasal spray to anesthetize the dark brown leech that had a sucker on the front part of its body. "After two minutes, the leech moved slowly out of the antrum (sinus) and was retrieved with forceps," the journal said.
The woman said that one month before her symptoms developed, she swam and washed her face in a stream while hiking. Doctors checked other members of her hiking group and found another leech in the nose of a man who washed his face in the stream, the journal said.
The article said the leech could have caused suffocation if it moved into the patients' larynx, or voice box.
On the Net: A copy of the Hong Kong Medical Journal nose leech article: www.hkmj.org.hk/hkmj/
I suspect that the leech is a Democrat. A kind of "A Democrat in your Nose."
Hi many times is this going to be posted tonight? I think this is at least the third so far.
Sorry. I did not know. My mistake.:)
well, at least it wasn't her finger stick up there, they found that at wendys.
Nature is one of the most hostile environments to mankind there is.
Environmentalists make me laugh. Their love of nature is certainly not returned by nature.
I've been tempted to drop a bunch of envirowackos off on a deserted island, just to see what happens.
(My solution to everything is to drop it off on a deserted island and sit back and watch.)
envirowackos are just "useful idiots," who are pampered, spoiled, and overeducated.
I always flush My sinus cavities with fine Bourbon fumes after returning from a hike. No leeches in My nose!!
You are the leeches' worst nighmare.:)
1st time I've seen this post. But thanks for sharing with us.
Happy leeches . . . .
At least she wasn't washing her you know what...
The leeches were gross but I still love that movie.
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