Volume 70, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Myiasis, the invasion of live human tissue by larvae of Diptera, is reported in the nasopharynx and a leg wound in two patients who were hospitalized for more than 72 hours in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Teaching Hospital in Kuwait City, Kuwait. On the fourth and fifth days after a 10-year-old Kuwaiti boy was admitted to the hospital intensive care unit in a bloodied and comatose state following a traffic accident, ‘worms’ that came out of his nostrils were fixed, cleared, and identified as second and third instar of (Diptera: Calliphoridae). After 14 days, ‘worms’ were seen in the original dressing of a 35-year-old Iranian man admitted to the Orthopedic Unit of the hospital with multiple lacerations and fractures. The larvae, in various stages of development, were identified as those of (Diptera: Phoridae). Since the presence of larvae in both patients was recorded after a stay of at least 3–4 days in the hospital, by definition, these infestations are considered nosocomial.


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  • Received : 07 Jul 2003
  • Accepted : 26 Oct 2003

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