Nasal myiasis

  • M. S. Amreliwala
  • S. K. T. Jain
  • R. M. Raizada
  • V. N. Chaturvedi
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Nasal myiasis is rare in the world, but India being a tropical country the disease is very common and extremely demoralising for the patients. Keeping this in view, the clinical profile of nasal myiasis with special reference to entomological aspects was studied in 13 cases from February 1991 to March 1992. It was found to be common in age group 61– 70 yrs (38.5%). Foetor, maggots in the nose, blood stained nasal discharge, necrotic material and atrophic turbninates were seen in all cames. The major complications were maxillary sinusitis found in all the cases and diffuse cellulitis of face in 69.2% cases. Penetration of fly into the nasal cavity was recalled by 38.4% cases. Treatment consisted of removing the maggots manually after turpentine nasal douche. Larvae were cultured on fresh placenta/tonsil in 8 cases. The fly causing myiasis in this area was identified as chrysomyia bezziana. Use of mosquito net and treatment of the cause was found to be the most effective and easy method of prevention.


Nasal Cavity Soft Palate Turpentine Myiasis Maxillary Sinusitis 
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© Association of Otolaryngologists of India 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Amreliwala
    • 1
  • S. K. T. Jain
    • 1
  • R. M. Raizada
    • 1
  • V. N. Chaturvedi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyMahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical SciencesSevagram, Wardha, Maharasthra

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