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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2009 September;11(3):107-11

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Wound contamination caused by fly larvae: report of three cases occurring in the operative unit of plastic surgery of Parma hospital in 2008

Quarta L., Grignaffini E., Caleffi E.

Unità Operativa di Chirurgia Plastica e Centro Grandi Ustionati dell’Azienda Ospedaliera, Parma


Contamination of skin wounds (myiasis) with fly larvae occurs mainly through direct contact and is most often caused by larvae of Diptera cyclorrhapha from the Oestridae, Sarcophagidae and Calliphoridae families with obligatory or accidental parasitism, which feed on live or dead tissues of the host for a variable time. Failure to meet good standards of hygiene due to poor health education and low socio-economic conditions is the main cause of contamination. Age is also a significant correlated factor as incidence increases proportionally with age. All the three cases illustrated above featured a contamination by larvae of skin wounds which had been left uncovered and had not been properly medicated.

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