Indian Dermatology Online Journal

: 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 220--221

Myiasis under dermatoscope: The hidden story

Deepak Jakhar, Arvind Misra, Saurabh Dabas 
 Department of Dermatology, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Department of Dermatology, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, New Delhi - 110 083

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Jakhar D, Misra A, Dabas S. Myiasis under dermatoscope: The hidden story.Indian Dermatol Online J 2018;9:220-221

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Case 1

A 12-year-old boy accompanied by his father presented with boggy swelling of the scalp with multiple overlying ulcerations for the past 15 days. His father revealed a history of head trauma due to slippage in rainwater 15 days back. On examination, multiple 1 × 1 cm to 1 × 2 cm ulcers were presented over the vertex with oozing of blood and serous fluid [Figure 1]a. The underlying scalp was boggy and tender. Cervical lymphadenopathy was present. Rest of the mucocutaneous and systemic examination was normal. KOH was negative. The ulcers probably resulted from infestation and secondary bacterial infection.{Figure 1}

Case 2

A 5-year-old girl was brought by her mother with multiple ulcers over bilateral upper limb and lower limb for the past 20 days. The lesions started spontaneously as erythematous nodules, suggestive of furunculosis. On examination, multiple ulcers with serosanguineous drainage were noted. There was movement of fluid inside the ulcer [Figure 1]b.

Dermoscopy [Dinolite AM413ZT; polarising mode; 50-150X] was done for both cases. It showed multiple, mobile, creamy white-colored structures with reniform centres. Each Reniform centre had three pairs of hairpin loop-like structures [Figure 2]a. A diagnosis of myiasis was considered and turpentine oil was flushed over the lesions. Within 15 minutes, the larvae started moving upwards and captured on dermoscopy as white translucent cylindrical mobile organisms. Each larva had multiple bands of arrow-shaped brown pigmentation [Figure 2]b. The larva was extracted and an ex-vivo dermoscopy was done which showed a fusiform semi-translucent larva. The posterior segment of the larva had tracheal trunk whereas the spiny mouth parts were present on the anterior end. Multiple, spiny, arrowhead-shaped structures arranged in bands were present on the body and blood meal was seen within the body [Figure 2]c. All the visible larvae were manually extracted and the patient was given turpentine oil application along with systemic antibiotics.{Figure 2}

Myiasis is an infestation by dipterous larvae. In cutaneous myiasis, two clinical forms have been described – wound myiasis and follicular (furuncular) myiasis.[1] Dermoscopic features of myiasis has been described with handheld contact dermatoscopes.[2],[3],[4],[5] The breathing spiracles has been described as bird's feet-like structures.[4] The dark brown spiny structures have been described as thorn crown.[4] In our observation, the breathing spiracles were visible as reniform structures with three hairpin loop-like structures on either side. The variation in observation may be because of higher magnification provided by the USB dermatoscopes and larvae of different family of flies causing myiasis. Whereas Dermatobia hominis is the major cause of myiasis in the American continent, Chrysomya bezziana is the most common etiology in the Indian subcontinent.

Entomodermoscopy is an evolving field of dermoscopy. Though a good clinical evaluation with or without magnifying lens can reveal presence of larva in most cases, the utility of dermoscopy as a tool for easy detection of larvae and their complete extraction encouraged us to report these findings.

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