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J Otolaryngol. 1993 Feb;22(1):46-7.

An unusual nosocomial infection: nasotracheal myiasis.

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Department of Otolaryngology, St. Joseph's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


A number of fly maggots were found emerging from the nose and tracheostomy site of an 82-year-old woman who had been in a coma for two months in an acute care hospital in a large Canadian city. This case history indicates that the infestation was hospital-acquired and although undoubtedly an extremely rare occurrence, at least in Canada, points out the risk of myiasis in the unconscious, debilitated patient.

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