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February 1926


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1926;13(2):137-175. doi:10.1001/archderm.1926.02370140003001

This paper is a preliminary report of studies on "creeping eruption," a disease which has generally been considered as being a myiasis. Five microscopic nematode parasites have been recovered from serial sections of skin tissue excised from patients with creeping eruption at Jacksonville, Florida. These were taken from patients having multiple lesions. This is the first recovery of this nematode from lesions of creeping eruption.

The findings of Samson1 and Sokolow1 in which they recovered larvae identified as Gastrophilus by Cholodowsky1 and the subsequent reports by others (Table 1) have given the impression that Gastrophilus and other fly larvae are the exciting causes of creeping eruption. As the majority of workers have failed to find a larva, and as the senior author2 (J. L. K-S) could not correlate the geographic distribution of Gastrophilus with the occurrence of the disease in Florida, an insistent request was made to