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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2015, Article ID 219529, 3 pages
Case Report

Aural Myiasis, a Rare Cause of Earache

Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, P.O. Box 66678, Al-Ahsa 31982, Saudi Arabia

Received 24 June 2015; Revised 7 August 2015; Accepted 9 August 2015

Academic Editor: Yorihisa Orita

Copyright © 2015 Ibrahim Al Jabr. 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 of the ear is an infestation of the ear by maggots (the larval stage of flies). In the literature, there are only few cases reported about aural myiasis. It is more common to occur in tropical regions, where humidity and warm weather provide a good environment for this infestation. In this paper, a 12-year-old boy is reported to have unilateral earache for 3-day duration. Examination of the painful ear showed a tympanic membrane perforation with larvae (maggots) in the middle ear. They were removed by using a forceps and gentle irrigation of ear to expel any remnant. Further management included assessment of hearing, computed tomography (CT) scan, and outpatient follow-up.