A condition resulting from leeches, attaching themselves to the skin or being taken into the mouth or nose while drinking.
[L. hirudo, leech, + G. -iasis, healing, therapy]


Infestation by leeches. See: leech

external hirudiniasis

The attachment of leeches to the skin. After the leeches drop off, bleeding may continue as a result of the action of hirudin. Bites may become infected or ulcerate.

internal hirudiniasis

A condition resulting from accidental ingestion of leeches in drinking water. They may attach themselves to the wall of the pharynx, nasal cavity, or larynx.


infestation by leeches.