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August 15, 1980

Diagnosing Myiasis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Family Practice, Peoria School of Medicine, Peoria, III.

JAMA. 1980;244(7):698-699. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310070048032

Misdiagnosis of cutaneous myiasis results in incorrect treatment, anxiety, and excessive scarring. In both temperate and tropical zones, the larvae of a variety of Diptera flies with different reproductive patterns are responsible for myiatic skin conditions and other symptoms. Suspicion of myiasis in the presence of an unhealing insect bite or furuncle can lead to prompt, simple, and effective treatment.

(JAMA 244:698-699, 1980)