BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2018-225150
  • Rare disease

Ophthalmomyiasis in a case of basal cell carcinoma of eyelid

  1. Anirudda Deshpande4
  1. 1 Ophthalmology, Regional Eye Hospital, Warangal, India
  2. 2 Department of Medicine, Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  3. 3 Department of Medicine, Miraj Medical College, Miraj, Maharashtra, India
  4. 4 Neurology, Vinayaka Neuro Multispecialty Clinic, Warangal, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anirudda Deshpande, dr.anirudda.deshpande{at}
  • Accepted 18 May 2018
  • Published 4 June 2018


Ocular myiasis is a rare disease with invasion of the lids, conjunctiva, cornea and, rarely, orbit or globe of the mammalian eye by dipteral larvae.

We report a case of a 74-year-old woman with chronic, infiltrating, ulcerative lesion of the left lower eyelid, which was confirmed as basal cell carcinoma subsequently, having ophthalmomyiasis.

She was a destitute, living in unhygienic environmental conditions and having poor general health. She developed permanent blindness as a result of ophthalmomyiasis of the left eye. Proper wound care, hygiene and adequate nutrition helped her recover from the illness.


  • Contributors SJK and VK made substantial contributions to the conception and design of the work, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of the data. SK and AD were involved in drafting the work and revising it critically for important intellectual content. AD approved the final version to be published.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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