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April 25, 2018

Sulfur Ointment Treatment of Cutaneous Myiasis Caused by the Tumbu Fly

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Baiyun People’s Hospital, Guangzhou, China
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(6):737-738. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0451

Furuncular myiasis is an infrequent infestation of the skin caused by the larva of the tumbu fly (Cordylobia anthropophaga) in Africa and the botfly (Dermatobia hominis) in South and Central America.1 We report a case of imported tumbu fly furuncular myiasis that was successfully treated by applying sulfur ointment, 10%, and extracting larvae with tweezers, and of the observation of the clear microstructure of the larvae captured under the anatomical lens showing several special features.

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