Scanning electron microscopy of Dermatobia hominis reveals cutaneous anchoring features

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 Oct;57(4):716-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2007.05.019. Epub 2007 Jun 28.


We report the case of a 45-year-old Caucasian woman suffering from cutaneous myiasis. With the use of scanning electron microscopy, we placed special focus on the mechanisms by which Dermatobia hominis can fasten securely within the human skin.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Larva / ultrastructure*
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning*
  • Middle Aged
  • Myiasis / physiopathology*
  • Myiasis / therapy