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Revista Costarricense de Ciencias Médicas

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CALDERON-ARGUEDAS, Olger; AVENDANO, Adrián  and  VARGAS-CASTRO, Cynthya. Miasis nosocomial por sarcophaga spp. (diptera: sarcophagidae) en un paciente geriátrico de Costa Rica. Rev. costarric. cienc. méd [online]. 2004, vol.25, n.3-4, pp.57-61. ISSN 0253-2948.

We informed about a nosocomial myiasis case in an 86 years old patient that was admitted in the old Hospital "San Rafael", Alajuela, Costa Rica, with many health problems. This patient received assisted respiration and implantation of a nasogastric probe. After five days of admission, the presence of muscoid larvae in oral cavity was documented. The morphology of collected maggots is compatible with Sarcophaga sp. (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). This is the first case of nosocomial myiasis informed in the medical literature of Costa Rica.

Keywords : miasis nosocomial; miasis humana; Sarcophaga sp; Costa Rica.

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