Korean J Parasitol.  2018 Apr;56(2):199-203. 10.3347/kjp.2018.56.2.199.

A Case of Cutaneous Myiasis Caused by Cordylobia anthropophaga Larvae in a Korean Traveler Returning from Central Africa

  • 1Department of Dermatology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul 04763, Korea.
  • 2Department of Environmental Medical Biology, and Institute of Tropical Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 03722, Korea.
  • 3Derpartment of Environmental Biology and Medical Parasitology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul 04763, Korea. jsryu@hanyang.ac.kr


The cutaneous myiasis has been rarely reported in the Republic of Korea. We intended to describe here a case of furuncular cutaneous myiasis caused by Cordylobia anthropophaga larvae in a Korean traveler returned from Central Africa. A patient, 55-year-old man, had traveled to Equatorial Guinea, in Central Africa for a month and just returned to Korea. Physical examinations showed 2 tender erythematous nodules with small central ulceration on the left buttock and thigh. During skin biopsy, 2 larvae came out from the lesion. C. anthropophaga was identified by paired mouth hooks (toothed, spade-like, oral hooklets) and 2 posterior spiracles, which lack a distinct chitinous rim. Although rarely described in Korea until now, cutaneous myiasis may be encountered more frequently with increasing international travel and exchange workers to tropical areas.


Cordylobia anthropophaga; cutaneous; myiasis; Central Africa
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