An Official publication of The Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AsianCNS)

Search Article
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Advertise Subscribe Contacts Login  Facebook Tweeter
  Users Online: 1023 Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size  
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 582-586

A severe case of brain myiasis: Treatment rationale and review of literature

1 Department of Neuroscience, Università di Padova, Padova, Italy
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Aulss 2 Marca Trevigiana, Treviso, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Enrico Giordan
Department of Neurosurgery, Aulss 2 Marca Trevigiana, Via Piazzale 1, Treviso, Treviso 31100
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_521_20

Rights and Permissions

Cerebral myiasis is a rare condition caused by a parasitic infestation of fly larvae feeding on the host's necrotic or living tissue. Only 16 cases of cerebral myiasis have been published. We presented the case of a 72-year-old man with a neglected infestation of an extensive ulcerative cancer of the scalp. A large cranial lesion, with exposed brain and dura mater and severe Sarcophaga carnaria maggot infestation, was evident. We gently removed the maggots and covered the defect with thick gauze and sodium hypochlorite solution dressing. We additionally present a review of the literature to highlight shared features and suggestions for care management. In all cases, there was an absence of fatal meningitis and encephalitis, which is surprising given the open skull erosion with prolonged cortical exposure and points to the protective effects of larvae wound infestation.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded45    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal