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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 2114-2118

Management of nonhealing venous ulcer in systemic sclerosis with leech therapy—A case report


1 MD Scholar, Department of Kayachikitsa, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Kayachikitsa, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Pooja Sharma
Department of Kayachikitsa, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi - 110 076
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1184_19

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Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare disease characterized by autoimmune pathogenesis, alterations to the vascular system, and fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. Nonhealing venous ulcers are quite common in SSc patients. A 32 years old female was brought with a foul-smelling ulcer with purulent discharge which was not healed despite using the allopathic treatment for 2 months. Even with treatment, it got worsened so the fear of amputation of leg enforced her to take Ayurvedic consultation. After 1 month of treatment with leech therapy along with Ayurvedic medicines and 3 months of follow-up, the wound got healed. It is concluded that leech therapy with Ayurvedic medicines is highly effective for the management of nonhealing venous ulcers.


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