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Cutaneous Pseudolymphoma Due to Hirudotherapy

Selami Aykut Temiz, İlkay Özer, Arzu Ataseven, Recep Dursun, Sıddıka Fındık
Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi 2019 March 28, 43 (1): 50-52
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Pseudolymphoma, also known as Jessner’s lymphocytic infiltration, is a benign but usually chronic, T-cell infiltrating disease with erythematous papules and plaques usually seen on the skin of the face, neck, and back. The use of leech therapy also known as hirudotherapy has increased in recent years. Here, we report a 52-year-old male patient who had undergone hirudotherapy in his neck and developed infiltrating plaques after four months. A skin biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of Jessner’s lymphocytic infiltration. In parallel with the increasing use of hirudotherapy in recent years, the side-effect reports will likely to increase. Indications and contraindications of hirudotherapy, which is being used officially in hospitals, should be taken into consideration.

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