In returning travellers, dermatologic diseases are the third most common problems and myiasis accounts 7.3-11% of cases. We present a case of furuncular myiasis in a 52-years-old Caucasian man returning from a 1-month trip to Argentina. Clinical examination revealed an about 2 cm large erythematous, painful, poorly delimitated, tender nodule on the left cheek with a small pore on top through which a serous fluid drained. Moreover, patient described a movement sensation inside the nodule. Diagnosis of myiasis was made. The lesion was firstly squeezed and then incised in order to extract the larva, but these procedures resulted unsuccessful. Subsequently, it was indicated patient to apply an ointment on the lesion to determine the asphyxiation of the parasite and make the extraction easier. Pain did not make possible to remove the larva, so the patient, for psychological reasons, insisted on excision of the lesion. Therefore, we proceeded with local anaesthesia and surgical removal of the nodule containing the maggot. The larva was excised and identified as Dermatobia hominis due to the presence of rows of dark brown, caudally pointing, barblike spines. Since myiasis is uncommon in Europe, it is frequently misdiagnosed and its recognition is often delayed. Due to the continuous growth in international tourism, it is very important for Western dermatologists to became familiar with myiasis and consider this diagnosis in case of furuncle-like lesion, resistant to antibiotics in returning travellers. Moreover, travellers to endemic areas should be informed of preventive measures to reduce mosquito bites and transmission of the infestation.
Cutaneous myiasis in a traveller returning from Argentina / Di Tullio, Francesca; Mandel, Victor Desmond; Miglietta, Roberta; Pellacani, Giovanni. - (2019). ((Intervento presentato al convegno 28th EADV Congress tenutosi a Madrid nel 09-13 Ottobre 2019.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Titolo:||Cutaneous myiasis in a traveller returning from Argentina|
|Autore/i:||Di Tullio, Francesca; Mandel, Victor Desmond; Miglietta, Roberta; Pellacani, Giovanni|
|Nome del convegno:||28th EADV Congress|
|Data del convegno:||09-13 Ottobre 2019|
|Luogo del convegno:||Madrid|
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