Furuncular myiasis: a simple and rapid method for extraction of intact Dermatobia hominis larvae

Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Aug 1;35(3):336-8. doi: 10.1086/341493. Epub 2002 Jul 11.


We report a case of furuncular myiasis complicated by Staphylococcus aureus infection and beta-hemolytic streptococcal cellulitis. The Dermatobia hominis larva that caused this lesion could not be extracted using standard methods, including suffocation and application of lateral pressure, and surgery was contraindicated because of cellulitis. The botfly maggot was completely and rapidly extracted with an inexpensive, disposable, commercial venom extractor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Diptera*
  • Furunculosis / parasitology*
  • Humans
  • Larva
  • Male
  • Myiasis / parasitology*