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Practising larvae removal . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k155 (Published 18 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k155

Cutaneous myiasis

The way to treat cutaneous myiasis—parasitic infection of skin by the larvae of certain species of fly—is first to occlude the punctum and then, as the larvae move towards the skin surface in search of oxygen, remove them surgically. This is a straightforward procedure for experienced operators, but beginners might feel squeamish and need practice. The Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps explains how to create a realistic training model using a pig’s trotter from a butcher and maggots from a fishing tackle shop (J Royal Army Med Corps doi:10.1136/jramc-2016-000737).

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