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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130-132

Oral myiasis

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, S. D. M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Dentistry, S. D. M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

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Atul P Sattur
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, S.D.M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka -580 009
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.95970

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Oral myiasis is a rare condition characterized by infestation of tissues and organs of animals and humans with the larvae of Dipteran flies. Oral myiasis has been previously ascribed to poor oral hygiene, alcoholism, senility, supparative lesion, neoplasia and in patients with neuro-psychiatric defecits. The aim of the present paper is to report a case of oral myiasis involving the anterior palate in a schizophrenic patient and to discuss the importance of its diagnosis and management in clinical oral practice. Medical personnel taking care of old or debilitated patients, especially those with neurologic deficit need to bear in mind the possibility of infestation with Dipteran flies' larvae to be able to make a prompt diagnosis and implement relevant intervention to prevent extensive tissue destruction.

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