It was reported that the US national visited the emergency department at Fortis hospital in New Delhi complaining of something moving under her eyelid for at least the last four weeks. A statement from the hospital said that she was diagnosed with a rare case of myiasis where a botfly was living underneath her skin and would need surgery.
Myiasis is the infection of a fly larva (maggot) in human tissue. This occurs in tropical and subtropical areas. The patient visited the emergency department with complaints of swelling in the right upper eyelid along with redness and tenderness. She also revealed that she had been feeling something moving inside her eyelids once in a while for the past 4-6 weeks, Fortis hospital, Vasant Kunj, said in a statement.
She had consulted doctors in the US, but the myiasis (botfly) could not be removed and doctors discharged her on a few symptomatic relief medications, it said.
Dr Mohammad Nadeem, consultant and head emergency department, at the hospital, said, “It was a very rare case of myiasis. Therefore, these cases need to be evaluated in detail urgently,” he said.
Dr Narola Yanger from the surgery department proactively managed to remove “three live human botflies almost of 2 cm in size — one from the right upper eyelid, second one from back of her neck and third from her right forearm,” the statement said.
According to the statement, surgery was completed in 10-15 minutes with all aseptic precautions, without any anesthesia. The woman was discharged on symptomatic prescribed medicines from the emergency department..