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Oral Myiasis is a Potential Risk in Patients with Special Health Care Needs.

Authors
  • Sharma, Akhilesh
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
Publisher
Medknow Publications
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
4
Issue
1
Pages
60–61
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.93763
PMID: 22529629
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Myiasis is a rare disease caused by invasion of tissue by larvae of certain dipteran flies. It is more common in countries with tropical climate. Oral myiasis is not a very common condition and many clinicians are unaware of its diagnosis. Common predisposing factors are poor oral hygiene, halitosis, trauma, senility, learning disabilities, physically and mentally challenged conditions. Oral myiasis can lead to rapid tissue destruction and disfigurement and requires immediate treatment. Treatment consists of manual removal of maggots from oral cavity after application of chemical agents. Use of antibiotics reduces the duration of infection and hastens the recovery period. Good sanitation, personal and environmental hygiene and cleanliness and special care for debilitated persons are the best methods to prevent oral myiasis.

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