External Ophthalmomyiasis Due to Dermatobia hominis Masquerading As Orbital Cellulitis

Norah Alsaif, Sophie Liao, David Tse

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Abstract

Human parasitization by oestrid flies is a rare occurrence. The authors report a case of ophthalmomyiasis externa caused by Dermatobia hominis infestation in a 10-year-old female. Misdiagnosis resulted in a delay in treatment, which can be potentially devastating in cases of orbital or ocular involvement. The treatment of choice is early surgical removal of the larvae to minimize the inflammatory response and the extent of surgery. Patients should also be screened for multiple sites of cutaneous infestation. When the organism is completely excised, the prognosis is good.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOphthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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StateAccepted/In press - Sep 15 2014

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Orbital Cellulitis
Diagnostic Errors
Diptera
Larva
Skin
Therapeutics

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  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgery

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External Ophthalmomyiasis Due to Dermatobia hominis Masquerading As Orbital Cellulitis. / Alsaif, Norah; Liao, Sophie; Tse, David.

In: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 15.09.2014.

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