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"HUMAN AURICULAR MYIASIS CAUSED BY LUCILIA SERICATA: CLINICAL AND PARASITOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS"

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Author(s): R. Yaghoobi | S. Tirgari | N. Sina

Journal: Acta Medica Iranica
ISSN 0044-6025

Volume: 43;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 155;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Auricular Myiasis | Lucilia sericata

ABSTRACT
Myiasis is the invasion of body tissues of humans and animals by the larvae of the Diptera or two-winged flies. There are only sporadic reports in the literature concerning human ear myiasis. A 62-year-old bedridden woman in an intensive care unit was examined because of her intense swollen and erythematous right ear. Physical examination revealed 80 live larvae (maggots) in the posterior part of right outer ear and external auditory canal. Entomological studies of the third instar larvae revealed it’s identity as Lucilia sericata. The entomological aspects, clinical and epidemiological characteristics are evaluated. In particular, we underline the rarity of myiasis because of both etiological agent and the anatomical site.
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