Cutaneous myiasis

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Jun;58(6):907-26; quiz 927-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.03.014.


Myiasis is the infestation of living tissue by the larvae of flies in the order Diptera. Cutaneous involvement is the most common type of myiasis. Cutaneous myiasis can be subdivided into furuncular, migratory, and wound myiasis. Each subtype is reviewed with discussion of the larvae involved, presenting signs and symptoms, clinical differential diagnoses, and treatment. Preventive measures are also described.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants should be familiar with the causal agents, clinical manifestations, and treatment of human cutaneous myiasis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diptera / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Larva
  • Myiasis* / diagnosis
  • Myiasis* / parasitology
  • Myiasis* / therapy
  • Wound Infection / parasitology