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Mastoid Cavity Myiasis

A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Kahane, Jacob; Longworth, Caleena; Dickson, Crystal; Ng, Matthew

doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000002261

Objective: We report a case study of mastoid cavity aural myiasis in an urban developed setting and review the relevant literature.

Data Source: Retrospective case report and review of the English literature via PubMed.

Data Selection: English-language articles concerning aural myiasis and mastoid cavity myiasis were included.

Data Extraction: Two previous case reports of mastoid cavity myiasis were identified and analyzed.

Conclusion: Neglected mastoid cavity care, low socioeconomic status, poor personal hygiene, homelessness, and chronic suppurative otitis media are likely contributing factors to this uncommon presentation occurring in an urban setting.

Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Jacob Kahane, M.D., Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, 1701 West Charleston Blvd., Ste. 490, Las Vegas, NV 89102; E-mail:

The authors disclose no conflicts of interest.

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