Cutaneous Myiasis Masquerading as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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Abstract

Numerous factors place athletes at increased risk for cutaneous infections, and as such, they are a common complaint in athletic training rooms. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an increasingly common etiology, and given its severe sequelae, a high index of suspicion in this population is justified. We present 2 cases of college athletes who presented to the athletic training room with findings suspicious for MRSA infection. However, after further investigation, the true diagnosis of myiasis was reached. These cases highlight the importance of asking athletes about recent travel and considering a broad differential diagnosis when evaluating furuncular lesions.

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