Myiasis following maxillofacial tissue loss

Myiasis following maxillofacial tissue loss

Myiasis is a term that describes tissue infestation by a fly larva. This instance wasn’t caused solely by maggots infesting the oral tissue. This patient was featured in a South American medical journal. He was a homeless man and heavy smoker with history of untreated squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth. He subsequently developed a massive necrotic ulcer that caused most of the maxillofacial tissue loss you see in the picture. The maggots came later, and were likely actually helpful in debriding some of the dead tissue.

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