A rare case of gingival myiasis in a 2-year-old child

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Abstract

Background.

Myiasis is the infestation of live human and vertebrate animal with larvae of Diptera fly which feed on the host dead or living tissue. Gingival myiasis is a very rare disease and associated with poor oral hygiene, senility, suppurative oral lesions, mental retardation and other conditions.

Case Report.

A case of gingival myiasis in a 2-year-old otherwise healthy child is reported. Treatment consisted of mechanical removal of larvae, extraction of the adjacent devitalized teeth and debridment of necrotic tissues.

Conclusion.

Clinicians dealing with oral medicine should be aware of this very rare condition in children.

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