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Minerva Medicolegale 2018 December;138(3-4):30-3

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4849.18.01778-9

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Cutaneous myiasis by lucilia sericata (meigen) 1826 (diptera: calliphoridae) and failure to application of the isomegalen for minimum colonization time

Moreno DUTTO 1 , Stefano VANIN 2

1 Department of Prevention, Hygiene Service and Public Health, ASL CN1, Cuneo, Italy; 2 School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK



Myiasis is defined as the infestation of the tissues of living vertebrates by fly larvae (Insecta, Diptera). Myiases may have important legal consequences when happening in hospital contexts. The colonization/infestation time can be estimated using the host temperature and the developmental stage of the larvae. In this paper a case of myiasis caused by Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in a diabetic patient is reported. The authors discuss how the estimation of the time of colonization can be performed in absence of morphometric data (length/time) and how pharmacological treatments and temperature data collection may affect the final estimation.


KEY WORDS: Larva - Myiasis - Ulcer - Temperature - Skin

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