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Here’s What Happens When You Swallow a Leech

moncler sale When Granger first looked inside the old man’s throat, he was able to remove a clot of blood, but couldn’t see any parasites. If it was there, it had to be deeper. So the surgeon lieutenant produced a pair of polypus forceps essentially, very long tweezers with scissor moncler coats handles and reached into the hidden depths of the man’s lower pharynx, near the esophagus. There, he detected the presence of an object, and through the moncler chicago metal of his instrument, Granger moncler jackets men could feel it moving. With the tips of the forceps, he grasped the squirming obstruction and „” pulled it out.

moncler outlet sale When it comes to leeches in the throat, Granger’s report is not an isolated incident. Granger himself moncler outlet reports hearing stories of other moncler outlet kids cases like this in neighboring towns, and this phenomenon is by no womens moncler jackets means limited to 19th century India. Getting a leech attached to the inside of a body cavity is common enough that there are special, medicalized terminologies for it, such as „leech endoparasitism” or „internal hirudiniasis.” These are phrases most of us would probably rather not have in our vocabulary, but even today, in the 21st century, people still show up at hospitals around the world with leeches stuck inside their throats.

cheap moncler moncler jackets for women Strictly speaking, the leech is a worm phylum Annelida, subclass Hirudinea, from which we get the word „hirudiniasis,” which refers to the condition of being parasitized by a leech. moncler outlets usa Leeches have segmented bodies (imagine „rings,” like an earthworm) and suckers at both ends: one moncler jackets outlet large sucker at the rear of the body, used for crawling and leverage, and a smaller sucker at the front containing the jaws and the mouth. Not all leeches are blood drinkers. Some scavenge for detritus, and some are predatory hunters, but the leech we know best is that vampiric parasite that clamps onto a larger host and steadily drains all the blood it can, often until the leech’s body has swollen to around 10 times its original size. In the wild, leeches drink from all manner of hosts, such as mammals, moncler outlet online store fish and cheap moncler jackets wholesale amphibians.

cheap moncler coats When the leech bites, it makes a Y shaped incision in the skin with three curved jaws covered in serrated teeth moncler jackets cheap like tiny circular saws, and then extracts blood with a muscular sucking action. The saliva of the leech is known to contain a cocktail of drugs to ease the process, including hirudin, a polypeptide that moncler coats for men prevents blood from clotting. Leeches are classically known as external parasites, drawing their liquid diet through the outer skin of the host, but given the opportunity, they will feed from internal surfaces, too, such as the nasopharynx, larynx, vagina, bladder and cheap moncler jackets outlet anus.

monlcer down jackets Assuming you moncler outlet location find the idea of being sucked by a leech disgusting, and assuming you find the idea of being sucked by a leech on the inside of your body even more disgusting, you might find it odd that the human taste for therapeutic parasitism does not stop at the outer skin. During the leech craze, leeching enthusiasts opened many of their bodily moncler coats for women orifices and internal cavities to the prized worms, with the help of some ingenious medical technology. Kirk and Neil Pemberton write that „[t]he opening of the interior of the body often required the physical alteration of the leech, for moncler outlet uk example the attachment of thread to prevent the loss of the moncler outlet online leech within, or the supplementation of the leech with mechanical tools to moncler coats cheap enable the passage of cheap moncler jackets the creature into locations such as the anus where it was now recommended as a means to treat problematic prostates.”

moncler outlet store In 2002, a group of doctors reported in the journal Pediatric Pulmonology the case of a 6 year old boy in moncler coats outlet Syria who was brought to the emergency room because he couldn’t breathe. His mother reported that he had been coughing up blood, and that a month moncler jackets kids ago a village doctor had diagnosed the boy with asthma and prescribed corticosteroids and bronchodilators. This turned out to be a misdiagnosis. The doctors were able to remove a 7 centimeter (2.8 inch) leech from the boy’s airway through surgery, and subsequently discovered that the child had been drinking from a leech infested stream moncler jackets outlet online in rural northern Syria. After the leech was removed, the boy’s symptoms disappeared.

cheap moncler outlet In 2009, another group reported in the European Journal of Pediatrics the case of an 11 year old boy in central Iran who presented moncler outlet woodbury at a rural health care moncler coats sale center with blood in his mouth and a sore throat that had lasted for two weeks. The boy had been given antibiotics for his sore discount moncler jackets throat, and the problem did not respond. Inspection of his mouth revealed a black, circular blob, about 2 centimeters by 3 moncler outlet ny centimeters (0.8 by 1.2 inches), stuck to the back of this throat, with blood oozing all around it. moncler jackets on sale Doctors applied lidocaine spray (a topical painkiller) and then pulled the leech out with blunt Official Moncler Outlet forceps. Questioning revealed the boy had been swimming moncler outlet mall in a lake near his village. After the leech was removed, blood continued to ooze out of the wound for about an hour, but otherwise, the boy was all right.

moncler sale outlet In 2013, a doctor named Demeke Mekonnen published moncler jacket online an article in the Ethiopian Journal of Health Science relaying the case of a 7 moncler outlets uk year old boy in Ethiopia who presented with bloodstained saliva and shortness of breath. At his home, someone had tried to treat him with a traditional medicine made of tobacco leaves and flax seed, to no effect. In the report, Mekonnen indicates moncler outlet uk that the moncler jackets canada boy had contact with an unprotected source of spring water that was also used for watering animals. Laryngoscopy showed some kind of foreign body at the top of the trachea. The child was put under general anesthesia, and the leech was removed with forceps. After the moncler jackets extraction, the boy seemed to have a full recovery.

buy moncler jackets If think you’ve got a leech in your throat moncler coats for cheap right now, don’t panic. Just see a doctor as moncler jackets toronto soon as you can. As you may have gathered from the cases mentioned above, pharyngeal or even laryngeal hirudiniasis is not necessarily a death sentence, though it can be dangerous if the parasite obstructs any part of the airway. If the doctor knows what to look for and has a pair of discount moncler outlet blunt forceps on hand, chances moncler jacket outlet are good that you’ll be all right. But of course the best case scenario is to avoid the problem entirely, which these moncler outlet canada cases seem to indicate you can do by drinking cheap moncler coats for women only from clean water sources or filtering and purifying all the water you use, and also by avoiding swimming in any water that may be infested with leeches.