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Woman finds baby fly on her forehead after a trip to Uganda



A curious case of a 55-year-old woman with a growing lump on her head was documented in a medical journal after surgeons discovered that it was actually fly larvae in her Head was embedded during a trip to Uganda. The woman, whose name was not known, initially sought treatment nine days after she returned to the UK, LiveScience reported.

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The swollen lump was identified as a presumptive bug bite and it was sent home with antibiotics, only to return with further swelling and pain three days later, according to case reports published in the BMJ. This time, the doctors discovered an opening in the middle of the lump and a watery drain.

  An ultrasound showed that there was a second fly in the woman's head.

An ultrasound showed that a second fly was still buried in the woman's head.
(BMJ Case Reports 2019)

Farah Shahi, an infectious disease specialist at York Teaching Hospital, who treated the woman, the opening was actually a breathing hole for a baby fly or a maggot. To confirm the diagnosis, doctors applied Vaseline in the area and "a larva that was manually extracted and sent to the London School of Tropical Medicine for examination."

According to the authors of the report, the larva was identified as Lund's fly , a rare species from the rainforests of Africa. Further ultrasound revealed that there was another larva in the woman's forehead, and she was operated on to remove it.

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. Shahi told LiveScience that a fly or maggots would probably have laid eggs on the towel. Woman wrapped her hair in, then buried her in the forehead. The woman has since recovered, and the authors of the report noted only one other case recorded in the UK since 2015.


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