Pharyngeal Myiasis Caused by Sheep Botfly, Oestrus ovis (Diptera: Oestridae) Larva, Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Province, Iran: A Case Report

  • Teimour Hazratian Departement of Parasitology, School of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  • Ali Tagizadeh Departement of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  • Mohammad Chaichi Departement of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, School of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  • Madineh Abbasi Departement of Parasitology, School of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
Keywords: Myiasis, Pharyngeal myiasis, Oestrus ovis, Iran


Myiasis is caused by the larvae of flies infesting animal or human tissues and organs. This report aims to present a case of pharyngeal myiasis caused by the larvae of Oestrus ovis (Diptera: Oestridae). A 55-yr old drug addict living in the Shahindeje village of Western Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran was referred to the Emam Reza Hospi­tal in Tabriz, having a medical history of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and hospitalized due to respiratory distress, 20 days ago. He was intubated with a mechanical ventilator (MV) because of his respiratory distress condition. There was an evidence of the presence of pulmonary nodules in his lungs following diagnosis, and a CT scan revealed a cavity in his lung. During the nasogastric intubation procedure, a larva was seen emerging from the patient’s mouth by one of the staff of the intensive care unit of the hospital. A laboratory diagnosis was per­formed in the Entomology Department of the School of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. Interest­ingly, larvae of O. ovis were identified and confirmed following the laboratory proceedings.


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Hazratian T, Tagizadeh A, Chaichi M, Abbasi M. Pharyngeal Myiasis Caused by Sheep Botfly, Oestrus ovis (Diptera: Oestridae) Larva, Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Province, Iran: A Case Report. J Arthropod Borne Dis. 11(1):166-170.
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