First report of external ophthalmomyiasis caused by Lucilia sericata Meigen in a healthy patient without predisposing risk factors

Won Choi, Ga Eon Kim, Seong Hwan Park, Sang Eon Shin, Ji Hye Park, Kyung Chul Yoon

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    Abstract

    A 72-year-old man with no medical history initially presented to the emergency room with severe tearing, redness, foreign body sensation, and pain in the left eye. He reported no previous history of any periocular trauma, malignancy, surgery, or systemic illness. On presentation, the patient only showed left periorbital edema and erythema in the left eyelid with no evidence of any skin malignancy. On slit lamp examination, multiple small whitish motile organisms were observed on the left conjunctival fornices. The organisms were removed, preserved, and identified as the third-stage larvae of Lucilia sericata (green bottle fly). The patient was treated with topical antibiotic and steroid eye drops and the inflammation resolved 1. week after treatment initiation. This is the first report of external ophthalmomyiasis caused by facultative parasite, L. sericata maggots in a healthy patient without any predisposing factors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-283
    Number of pages3
    JournalParasitology International
    Volume64
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1

    Keywords

    • Green bottle fly
    • Lucilia sericata
    • Opthalmomyiasis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Parasitology
    • Infectious Diseases

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