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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 792683, 3 pages
Case Report

A Case of Human Oral Myiasis by Lucilia sericata in a Hospitalized Patient in Extremadura, Spain

1Microbiology Area, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Extremadura and CIBER-BBN, Avenida de Elvas s/n, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
2Microbiology and Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Virgen del Puerto, 10600 Plasencia, Extremadura, Spain
3Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary, University of Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas s/n, 06007 Badajoz, Spain

Received 27 July 2012; Revised 23 October 2012; Accepted 25 October 2012

Academic Editor: Jukka H. Meurman

Copyright © 2012 C. Pérez-Giraldo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Myiasis is the term used to describe infestations, both obligatory and accidental, in vertebrate animals and humans by dipteral larvae. The oral cavity is rarely affected by this infestation and the circumstances which can lead to oral myiasis include persistent mouth opening together with poor hygiene, or facial traumatism. We present a case of oral myiasis by larvae of Lucilia sericata, a species present in the Iberian Peninsula, in a hospitalized patient with surgical problems.