Patient with maggots in head

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    I saw this video of a patient with maggots in his head wound:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJNxwvvS8Y

    What could have caused this? Have you ever seen such a thing?

    Could the human botfly do this? Is this maggot therapy?

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    We were just talking at work the other day about a similar situation. Man in an area ECF had brain cancer and the tumor was coming out of his skin. There was a fly in the building and the next thing they knew..... Gross, I know. But can easily see how it can happen.
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    So the ordinary housefly can lay eggs as soon as the skin is broken?

    After the fly deposits the eggs, I wonder how long until the maggots appear.

    Also, couldn't they have bandaged or covered the tumor somehow to protect it from flies?

    Quote from ShayRN
    We were just talking at work the other day about a similar situation. Man in an area ECF had brain cancer and the tumor was coming out of his skin. There was a fly in the building and the next thing they knew..... Gross, I know. But can easily see how it can happen.
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    Quote from RD_Congo
    So the ordinary housefly can lay eggs as soon as the skin is broken?

    I would assume that if deposits its eggs in a warm moist spot, ie..Tissue with excellent blood supply. As far as how long before eggs hatch, I looked it up and the article said 12-24 hours for the eggs to hatch in a warm environment.
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    I have seen this before in a patient I once had. It was an unusual situation as the patient had let this tumor go on for years and it had pretty much eaten away at the side of his face. When I did wet to dry dressing changes his eyeball was completely exposed, looked like it was hanging on just by the optic nerve. Something I'll never forget! He had been packing the wound at home for years is what he told me! Anyway, maggots got in there when he was at home and by the time he got to my floor the wound was infested. They went away after a couple of days of us doing wound care though.
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    Ok, I wish I had not looked!! Now my skin is crawling! I have seen some rough things but creepy crawlies in flesh is just too much for me!
    sharpeimom, FireStarterRN, and nrsang97 like this.
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    What kind of tool did you use to scoop them out?

    Quote from RS0302
    I have seen this before in a patient I once had. It was an unusual situation as the patient had let this tumor go on for years and it had pretty much eaten away at the side of his face. When I did wet to dry dressing changes his eyeball was completely exposed, looked like it was hanging on just by the optic nerve. Something I'll never forget! He had been packing the wound at home for years is what he told me! Anyway, maggots got in there when he was at home and by the time he got to my floor the wound was infested. They went away after a couple of days of us doing wound care though.
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    WOW!! That gave me the chills!!! Did not make me sick, but really made my skin crawl! Poor kid...how could his parents let a wound like that go for so long and get that bad???
    SDChargersGirl#31 likes this.
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    Looked.. my:... then I :thnkg:.. in 35 years, this was, at most one of the most alarming (not disgusting) things that I have ever seen. The maggots where obviously there for a reason. What really sent my skin itching was when the maggots went in a little bit.my: My other concern was if this kid wore a hat for 2-3 weeks; those suckers were LARGE. In 1 year, I will become an R.N, I am POSITIVE that it gets more interesting than that. In the meantime :scrm:


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