An unusual nosocomial infection: nasotracheal myiasis

J Otolaryngol. 1993 Feb;22(1):46-7.


A number of fly maggots were found emerging from the nose and tracheostomy site of an 82-year-old woman who had been in a coma for two months in an acute care hospital in a large Canadian city. This case history indicates that the infestation was hospital-acquired and although undoubtedly an extremely rare occurrence, at least in Canada, points out the risk of myiasis in the unconscious, debilitated patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Animals
  • Cross Infection*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Larva
  • Nose Diseases / parasitology*
  • Screw Worm Infection*
  • Tracheal Diseases / parasitology*