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February 1990

Cutaneous Myiasis Caused by the African Tumbu Fly (Cordylobia anthropophaga)

Author Affiliations

From the General Medicine (Drs Ockenhouse, Eliasson, and Menich) and Dermatology (Drs Samlaska, Benson, and Malane) Services, Department of Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Department of Entomology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Dr Roberts), Washington, DC.

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(2):199-202. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670260069013

• We describe a patient with cutaneous myiasis caused by the African tumbu fly (Cordylobia anthropophaga). This case demonstrates the need for a detailed travel history and an understanding of the fly life cycle to prevent erroneous diagnosis and to expedite prompt treatment. The nature of the lesions, larval morphological features, histologic characteristics, and immune response directed toward fly maggots are described.

(Arch Dermatol. 1990;126:199-202)

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