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Rain Man
04-10-2005, 01:40 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7426103/

Leech worms way into hiker’s nose
‘Slimy and mobile’ creature difficult to remove
Updated: 1:27 a.m. ET April 8, 2005HONG KONG - A Hong Kong hiker washed her face in a freshwater stream, not noticing that a leech had wormed its way into one of her nostrils, according to the Hong Kong Medical Journal.

Unaware she was playing host to the creature, the 55-year-old woman only consulted a doctor when her nose started bleeding intermittently about two weeks later.

The unusual case occurred in 2003 but doctors highlighted it in this month’s edition of the journal, where they discussed how to remove live leeches from human nasal passages using anaesthesia.

The first doctor the woman saw could not find anything wrong and it was only when she visited a second doctor that he saw the five-centimeter (two-inch) leech peeking out of her left nostril.

According to the article, doctors only managed to remove the stubborn bloodsucker with forceps after applying anaesthesia to the woman’s nose.

“Direct removal of a live leech might be difficult because of its powerful attachment to the mucosa and its slimy and mobile body,” the journal said.

elvomito
04-10-2005, 01:59 PM
ahh nature at its best.
the natural alternative to 81mg of aspirin a day

Pants
04-10-2005, 02:14 PM
ROFL You bastard, I'm eating icecream.

Baby Lee
04-10-2005, 02:21 PM
Ya gotta boog hangin'

Count Zarth
04-10-2005, 02:24 PM
Leeches are delicious. Kind of like blood pie that's alive.

Iowanian
04-10-2005, 03:42 PM
I could deal with a leach in the nose.....

Its those South American Mini-fish that swim up your urethra if you pee in the water, and Open their bony Fins into the flesh that worry me...not that I spend a particular amount of Time, wading around the Amazon...........