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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 132-134

Unusual pseudomyiasis with Musca domestica (housefly) larvae in a child with chronic otitis media

1 Department of ENT, SRMSIMS, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of ENT, JNMCH, AMU Campus, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Microbiology, SRMSIMS, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of ENT, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.182279

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Myiasis is a disease caused by fly larvae and aural myiasis is a rare clinic condition often occurring in children or mentally retarded people. We report the case of an unusual presentation of a unilateral aural myiasis in a 3-year-old female child patient belonging to a slum with unilateral chronic otitis media caused by Musca domestica (housefly) larvae. Eight larvae were removed from the external auditory canal while five more larvae were located in the middle ear cavity and were removed through perforation of the tympanic membrane. Management of ear myiasis is based on removal of the maggots and cleansing of the ear with ethanol, chloroform, or physiological saline. Physiological saline is preferred in patients who have tympanic membrane perforation. Myiasis is related to personal hygiene. Therefore, to decrease the incidence of these infestations, care, and hygiene standards should be carried out for those at risk through information, education, and communication.

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