Case #191 - November, 2006
DPDx Telediagnosis Assistance received a request for confirmation of an identification by the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory. Figures A and B show an object that was extracted from a chest wound of a patient. The object measured 7mm. The patient’s travel history was unknown. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?
This is a case of cutaneous myiasis caused by a bot fly larva, possibly in the genus Gasterophilus. Based on the presence of only two spiracular slits, this was a second instar larva, making identification more difficult. Species determination does not affect treatment. Diagnostic features were:
- the presence and arrangement of cuticular spines, which are often seen in bot fly larvae.
- the appearance of spiracular slits, which was also consistent with some species of bot fly larvae (especially Gasterophilus).
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This case was kindly contributed by the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.
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