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    The larynx is an uncommon location for live foreign bodies. The leech can reach the glottis during consumption of contaminated water but is usually expelled by an effective cough reflex. Patients present with hoarseness and dysphagia and occasionally with dyspnea or hemoptysis. Endoscopically, a mobile mass is usually noted in the supraglottic area. We present a rare case of a laryngeal leech in a 62-year-old-male farmer who lives in a rural area. The leech was removed successfully with direct laryngoscopy under general anesthesia.


    Nikolaos Tsetsos, Alexandros Poutoglidis, Ioannis Skoumpas, Konstantinos Garefis, Georgios Fyrmpas, Konstantinos Vlachtsis. A Rare Case of Hemoptysis Caused by a Laryngeal Leech. Ear, nose, & throat journal. 2021 Mar 26:1455613211000804

    PMID: 33765858

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