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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2016, Article ID 2372686, 4 pages
Case Report

Bronchial Leech Infestation in a 15-Year-Old Female

1Pediatric Pulmonology Division, Namazi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
3Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

Received 16 July 2016; Revised 4 September 2016; Accepted 7 September 2016

Academic Editor: Nina L. Shapiro

Copyright © 2016 Mohammad Ashkan Moslehi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Foreign body aspiration (FBA) is a common incidence in young children. Leeches are rarely reported as FBA at any age. This study describes a 15-year-old female who presented with hemoptysis, hematemesis, coughs, melena, and anemia seven months prior to admission. Chest X-ray showed a round hyperdensity in the right lower lobe. A chest computed tomography (CT) demonstrated an area of consolidation and surrounding ground glass opacities in the right lower lobe. Hematological investigations revealed anemia. Finally, bronchoscopy was performed and a 5 cm leech was found within the right bronchus and removed by forceps and a Dormia basket.