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Dermatobia hominis ‘the human botfly’ presenting as a scalp lesion
  1. Louise Dunphy1 and
  2. Vikas Sood2
  1. 1 Department of Surgery, Milton Keynes University Hospital, Milton Keynes, UK
  2. 2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Louise Dunphy, Louise.Dunphy{at}


Owing to increasing international travel, physicians will encounter more infectious diseases acquired overseas, which may be bacterial, fungal or parasitic in nature.1 Knowledge of the geographic distribution of specific diseases permits the formulation of a differential diagnosis in the context of clinical presentation. Parasitic infestations of the maxillofacial tissues can be caused by a host of different ectoparasites, for example, myiasis, a frequently misdiagnosed disease of tourists returning from exotic locations. For those natives and travellers who are subject to these ‘infestations’, the experience can be both alarming and very distressing.

  • infections
  • emergency medicine

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  • Contributors LD: wrote the case report. VS: edited the paper.

  • 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.

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

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.