A Case of Cutaneous Myiasis Due to the Larvae of Cordylobia Anthropophaga

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  • 1 Department of Surgery A, Jefferson Hospital
  • | 2 Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.

The following is the history of a case of cutaneous myiasis and is of such rarity in this country that it is felt that it should be recorded.

While infestation with the larvae of flies is nothing unusual in wounds, ulcers or even in the nares or aural orifices, yet a generalized involvement of the skin is uncommon. The patient, a Norwegian ship captain, 66 years of age, was first seen by Dr. Smith October 7, 1941. After having a very hazardous and extended trip from Dakar, Africa, he arrived at a certain port in this country.

He was in excellent general health, though he was found to have poor teeth, an enlarged heart with accentuated aortic sound and some sclerosis of the arterial system. There was no history of gastro-intestinal upsets as vomiting or diarrhea.

Due to the exigencies of the trip and the landing in port almost secretly and as the patient was ordered to leave in a few hours after reporting to the ship company's doctor, other studies such as a blood count were not made.