Mastoid cells myiasis in a Saudi man: A case report

  • Abdul Aziz Al-Abidi Departments of Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck, Assir Central Hospital, Box 34, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
  • Cornelius Bello Department of Microbiology, Assir Central Hospital, Box 34, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
  • Mohammed Al-Ahmari Departments of Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck, Assir Central Hospital, Box 34, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
  • Yinka Fawehinmi Departments of Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck, Assir Central Hospital, Box 34, Abha, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: Myiasis, Mastoid bone, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

We report here the case of myiasis of the mastoid cells in a 50-year old Saudi farmer.

Eight larvae of suspected Calliphorid fly were extracted from his right mastoid at examination in the clinic. The larvae almost ate into his brain, using their powerful screw-shaped mouth parts. It is the first report of Calliphorid larvae affecting the mastoid cells from Saudi Arabia. The epidemiological and clinical implications of this finding are discussed below.

Keywords: Myiasis, Mastoid bone, Saudi Arabia.

Résumé

Notré rapport est basé sur le cas de la Myiase des cellules mastoids chez un cultivateur d'origine saoudien agê de 50 ans. Huit larvae soupçonés d'être des mouches calliphorides ont été arrachées de son côté droit mastoide au cours d'examen médical dans un centre médical. Les larvae ont presque entré dans son cerveau à l'aide de leur parties de bouche en forme de vis. C'était le premier rapport des larvae calliphorides qui affectent les celludes mastoids venant de l'Arabie saoudité. Les implications épidemilogique clinique de ce résultat sont traitées ci-dessous.

West African Journal of Medicine Vol.22(4) 2003: 366-368

Published
2004-03-30
Section
Articles

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