The woman was initially treated for an infected bug bite but when she returned three days later doctors discovered an opening near her hairline. Picture: BMJ Case Reports 2019
The woman was initially treated for an infected bug bite but when she returned three days later doctors discovered an opening near her hairline. Picture: BMJ Case Reports 2019

Woman’s horror discovery in forehead

A 55-year-old woman's curious case of a growing lump on her head has been documented in a medical journal after surgeons discovered that it was actually fly larvae that had embedded into her head during a trip to Uganda.

Fox News says the woman, whose name was not revealed, had initially sought treatment nine days after returning to the UK, LiveScience reported.

The swollen lump was identified as a suspected bug bite and she was sent home with antibiotics, only to return three days later with further swelling and pain, according to the report, published in BMJ Case Reports.

 

The woman was initially treated for an infected bug bite, but when she returned three days later doctors discovered an opening near her hairline. Picture: BMJ Case Reports 2019
The woman was initially treated for an infected bug bite, but when she returned three days later doctors discovered an opening near her hairline. Picture: BMJ Case Reports 2019

 

This time, doctors discovered an opening in the centre of the lump along with watery discharge.

According to Dr Farah Shahi, an infectious disease specialist at the UK's York Teaching Hospital who treated the woman, the opening was actually a breathing hole for a baby fly or maggot.

To confirm the diagnosis, doctors applied petroleum jelly to the area and "one larva manually extracted and was sent to the London School of Tropical Medicine for examination".

 

An ultrasound revealed a second fly still burrowed inside the woman's head. Picture: BMJ Case Reports 2019
An ultrasound revealed a second fly still burrowed inside the woman's head. Picture: BMJ Case Reports 2019

 

The report's authors said the larva was identified as Lund's fly, a rare species from the rainforests of Africa.

Further ultrasounds revealed another larva remained in the woman's forehead, leading her to undergo surgery to remove it.

Dr Shahi told LiveScience that a fly or maggot had likely laid eggs on a towel the woman used to wrap her hair, then burrowed into her forehead.

The woman has since recovered, and the report's authors noted only one other case recorded in the UK since 2015.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission


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