Report of a Case of Human Nasal Myiasis by the Green-Bottle Fly, Phaenicia Sericata, in San Bernardino County, California

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  • Department of Entomology, School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda, California
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Phaenicia sericata (Meigen) has previously been reported as causing nasal myiasis in Tripolitania by Onorato (1922). According to Zumpt (1951) this fly is attracted to odorous sores. This species is one of several economically important sheep-maggots in the British Isles, South Africa and New Zealand. Man has been attacked by P. sericata in Europe, Africa and Asia resulting in a serious form of wound myiasis (James 1947).

Case Report. On October 28, 1951, a well-developed, well-nourished, white female, 53 years of age, was hospitalized with the chief complaint of recurrent right upper quadrant pain. Subsequent physical and laboratory examinations resulted in the diagnoses of choleithiasis and adenocarcinoma of the transverse colon. An exploratory laparotomy and a partial colostomy was performed at 8:00 a.m. on November 4, 1951 with the use of sodium pentothal, ethylene—oxygen and ether. At 2:30 p.m. on the same day, a sterile Levine tube with continuous suction was inserted through the left nasal opening.