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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2011, Article ID 303510, 3 pages
Case Report

Tracheostomal Myiasis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Department of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Reseach Institute, Porur, Chennai 600116, India

Received 10 August 2011; Accepted 18 September 2011

Academic Editors: D. K. Chhetri and D. G. Balatsouras

Copyright © 2011 S. Prasanna Kumar 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 considered in Hindu mythology as “God's punishment for sinners.” It is known to infest live human or animal tissue. Literature abounds with reports of myiasis affecting the nasal cavity, ear, nonhealing ulcers, exophytic malignant growth, and cutaneous tissue. But report of myiasis of the tracheal stoma is rare. Only a few cases of tracheal myiasis have been reported in literature. We report a case of tracheostomal myiasis in an elderly male. The species which had infested the stoma was identified as Chrysomya bezziana, an obligate parasite. This is to our knowledge the first case report of an obligate parasite (Chrysomya bezziana) infestation of the tracheostoma from India.