Central African Journal of Medicine

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External auditory canal leech: a rare case report of paediatric external auditory canal haemorrhage

T Dzongodza, C Chidziva


Leeches are blood sucking organism feed on human blood. While human bites are common, they rarely cause human internal infestation. We describe a rare case of a parasitic leech infestation of the External Auditory Canal (EAC).
A two month old child presented to the Emergency department with a seven day history of left sided ear bleeding. On examination she was noted to have a whitish foreign body in the left EAC imbedded in fresh blood. Irrigation with warm saline extracted a 1.5 cm long leech. While very uncommon, parasitic infestation should be considered in a patient living in the tropics

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