Leeches, Stat!

Had a hunch, ran some iron studies on a patient with some atypical psychotic features (and smearing poop everywhere!) They are positive for iron overload… hemochromatosis. Now my plan to order leeches (stat!) to bleed them has been shot down. Something about seeing a patient with fat leeches hanging off their body being disturbing to other patients on the psych ward. I guess I will have to settle for boring phlebotomy instead.

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