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A Journal on Dermatology
Esperienze Dermatologiche 2014 June;16(2):91-3
An unusual case of furuncular myiasis
Spataro A., La Rosa F., Pala S.
Dipartimento di Malattie Tropicali e Infettive, Servizio di Dermatologia Tropicale ed MST, Università “La Sapienza” di Roma, Roma, Italia
Myiasis (from Greek μυια meaning “fly”) refers to a group of parasitic diseases caused by dipterous larvae and epidemiologically classified according to the habitat of the fly. Accidental myiasis results from the ingestion of contaminated spoiled or improperly washed food; facultative forms are caused by flies that fed on decomposing organic material, as found in open wounds where the flies deposit their eggs or larvae; obligatory larvae penetrate the skin and develop in living tissue where they complete part of their life cycle. This is known as cutaneous myiasis. Here we describe a case of a man with multiple furuncular myiasis.