Case Report

First Report of Nasal Myiasis Caused by Lucilia sericata in the Pediatric Age Group from Tehran, Iran


Myiasis is an infestation caused by dipterous larvae. Nosocomial myiasis usually occurs in bedridden patients. Herein, we report a nasal myiasis in a 12-year-old female with cerebral palsy (CP) from Tehran, Iran and provide morphological identification of Lucilia sericata as the causative agent. The infection was identified 10 days after the hospital admission. It can be categorized as a nosocomial infection. As far as we are aware, this is the first report of nasal myiasis in the pediatric age group from Tehran, Iran.

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Myiasis Lucilia sericata Pediatric Nasal Iran

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Sayyahfar S, Zare Mahmoudabadi R, Mahdavynia S, Esteghamati A, Salemi B, khanaliha khadijeh. First Report of Nasal Myiasis Caused by Lucilia sericata in the Pediatric Age Group from Tehran, Iran. Iran J Parasitol. 2022;17(1):105-110.