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Fluctuating lesion of the scalp after a journey to the tropics: a case of furunculoid myiasis

  • Author(s): Geyer, Sara
  • Balakirski, Galina
  • Tappe, Dennis
  • Cacch, Claudio
  • Knüchel-Clarke, Ruth
  • Schmit, Laurenz
  • et al.
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Fluctuating lesions or furuncles of the scalp occur frequently in dermatological practice. This clinical condition is often caused by gram positive bacteria (e.g. staphylococcal or streptococcal skin infection) or fungal infection (e.g. Kerion celsi). However, a rare diagnosis such as myiasis might be considered, especially if a journey to an endemic area is reported. Herein, we present a case of furunculoid myiasis of the scalp and review the pathogenesis and therapeutic options to treat this condition.

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