Case report: Myiasis - The botfly boil

L. Pallai, J. Hodge, S. J. Fishman, L. E. Millikan, R. G. Phelps

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Cutaneous furunculoid myiasis arises from the infestation of skin or mucous membranes with dipterous larvae. Myiasis from the botfly Dermatobia hominis is a common parasitic disease of the tropics of Central and South America, and may present in the United States. With increasing travel by U.S. citizens, there is potential for increased occurrence; it is important to be able to accurately diagnose myiasis and differentiate it from entities with similar presentations, such as leishmaniasis. The authors describe four cases of myiasis from D. hominis infestation and review clinical features, differential diagnosis, and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-248
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Botfly
  • Furuncle
  • Larvae
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Myiasis
  • Parasite


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