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Intestinal Myiasis: All Worms in Stools Are Not Worms!

Murali, A. MD*; Kannan, R. MD*; Srinivasan, N. MD; Kumar, J.S. MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: January 2010 - Volume 18 - Issue 1 - p 65-66
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181ab2e92
Case Reports

Myiasis is the infestation of humans with fly larvae. In intestinal myiasis, commonly due to Eristalis tenax, fly larvae are found in the intestine and excreted in the feces with or without symptoms. Here, we report a case of a patient who presented with passage of "worms" in stools that were confirmed to be maggots of Muscina stabulans. He was treated with an enema and was asymptomatic at 3 months follow-up.

From the *Saveetha Medical College; and †SRM Medical College, Chennai, India.

Reprints: A. Murali, MD, Plot No 8, I Ave, AG's Colony Phase III, Mugalivakkam, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 600116. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.