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Bloodletting was once a common practice and a foundational treatment of “civilized medicine”. It was widely practiced in many cultures around the world, and as early as the fifth century BC. Today it is only used for lab testing purposes and also in cases of polycythemia, hemochromatosis and hepatitis C. Localized bloodletting is becoming more popular as the usefulness of leeches are being rediscovered.
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Hemochromatosis: A rare disease in which iron deposits build up throughout the body. Enlarged liver, skin discoloration, diabetes mellitus, and heart failure may occur.
Hepatitis C: Caused by an RNA flavivirus. Transmission is predominantly through broken skin on contact with infected blood or blood products, especially through needle sharing. Sexual transmission is relatively rare. Symptoms are almost always present, and very similar to those for Hepatitis B: initially flu-like, with malaise, fatigue, muscle pain and chest pain on the right side. This is followed by jaundice (slight skin yellowing), anorexia, nausea, fatigue, pale stools, dark urine and tender liver enlargement, but usually no fever.