Dr. Ahmad Khashaba

Emeritus Professor of Plastic Surgery Zagazig University , Zagazig, Egypt.

The use of medicinal leeches was very popular in the mid 19th century. It then fell out of repute, but ,with modern plastic surgical practice leeches have enjoyed a new renaissance. The author’s experience with the use of leeches in plastic surgical practice will be presented.

This presentation aims at encouraging plastic surgeons to use medicinal leeches in their practice , and defines their role in the salvage of skin Flaps and microsurgical replantation.