CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Revista Iberoamericana de Cirugía de la Mano 2023; 51(02): e120-e123
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1776982
Reporte de un caso | Case Report

Myiasis Infestation After Hand Elective Surgery: Report of a Case

Article in several languages: español | English
Ricardo Kaempf de Oliveira
1   Hospital Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
2   Hospital Mãe de Deus de Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
João Pedro Farina Brunelli
3   Cirurgia da Mão, Hospital Santa Casa de São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Márcio Aurelio Aita
4   Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil
Pedro J. Delgado
4   Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil
5   Unidade de Cirurgia de Mão, Hospital Universitário Madrid Montepríncipe, Universidade CEU San Pablo, Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, España
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Statement of Funding This study was funded by the authors.


Myiasis is a Greek-derived term (myia = fly) that describes infestations caused by maggots from Diptera order. It may present in a myriad of forms, but usually does in the cutaneous form, with migratory larvae infestation of the skin. We treated a two-year-old female patient who presented with syndactyly due to congenital constriction bands (Fig. 1). She developed an atypical case of myiasis infestation in post operative period. Parasite infestation due to Diptera order insects (myiasis) is a scaring event for patients and even for the assisting healthcare team. Despite not so frequent, the potential of complications such as secondary bacterial infection and invasive disease that may lead to death shall be considered, so that the condition severity cannot be minimized.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Human and Animal Rights Statement

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (5). Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.

Publication History

Received: 26 October 2021

Accepted: 09 October 2023

Article published online:
05 December 2023

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