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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 671-673

Ophthalmomyiasis externa by Musca domestica in a case of orbital metastasis


Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Rose Mary Tomy
W/o Dr. Frijo Jose A, Aloor House Marathancode P, Thrissur - 680 604, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.119318

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Infestation of the living tissues of the eye, ocular adnexae or orbit by larvae of flies of the order Diptera is known as ophthalmomyiasis. Ophthalmomyiasis externa is a limited superficial infestation of external ocular structures such as conjunctiva and adnexae. A case of follicular carcinoma thyroid with orbital metastasis presenting as ophthalmomyiasis externa is reported. The patient presented with foul smelling ulcers of the medial and lateral orbital walls of the right eye extending into the lids and nose, teeming with maggots. Computerized Tomography (CT) showed widespread bone destruction with extension into surrounding sinuses. Over 200 maggots were manually removed after immobilisation with turpentine oil instillation. Entomological examination showed it to be a case of accidental myiasis caused by the common housefly Musca domestica. The patient was managed conservatively and the ulcer cavities filled up with healthy granulation tissue. This case is presented on account of its rarity.


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