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Case Report
An Unusual Wohlfahrtia magnifica Myiasis Case Localized in Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Tissues in a Patient with Head-Neck Cancer
1 Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey  
2 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey  
3 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,Faculty of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2014; 38: 135-137
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2014.3353
Key Words: Head-neck cancer, myiasis, wohlfahrtia magnifica
Abstract

Auricular tumors constitute 6% of all head-neck tumors. Malignant tumors of the auricula are generally squamous or basal cell carcinomas. Myiasis rarely occurs in healthy individuals. In general, it is a parasite that is seen in patients with mental retardation or psychiatric disorders, elderly individuals, those with poor self-care and hygiene, and those with immune system disorders. In humans, it is mainly seen in tropical and subtropical regions; however, in rare instances, it may be seen in other regions of the world. In the literature, there are limited numbers of myiasis cases reported from Turkey. In this study, we aimed to present a myiasis case (Wohlfahrtia magnifica) involving cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues with an underlying head-neck cancer, which, to the best of our knowledge, has not been reported before in the literature.

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