Doctors in Vietnam pull 80 maggots from man’s ear

By Bui Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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Doctors in Hue Central Hospital remove maggots from a patient's ear. Photo: Thanh Xuan/TT-H Online

Doctors in central Vietnam have removed 80 live maggots from the left ear of a patient who was diagnosed with 
aural myasis, a condition caused when a person's nose or ears are infested with fly larvae.
The patient Tran Van S., a carpenter in Thua Thien Hue Province, told doctors at Hue Central Hospital Monday that his left ear was in pain with a smelly discharge in the area.
An endoscopy performed on the patient found maggots inside his ear tube. He underwent an operation on the same night to have the live creatures removed.
S. said his left ear was injured in a traffic accident seven days earlier, when he was working in Laos. A few days later, as his ear was still in pain and discharging fluid, he went to a hospital in Laos where doctors removed 80 maggots from his ear with tweezers.

In September, doctors in Dien Bien Hospital removed 20 maggots from the nose of a 74-year-old woman.
However, his ear still hurt so much that he had to return to Vietnam to have it checked at Hue Central Hospital.
Ho Manh Hung, a doctor at Hue Central Hospital, said that the case was a severe one. The maggots were feeding off the patient's inner ear flesh and would have burrowed into the brain and killed him had doctors not intervened.
Dr. Hung said he prescribed his patient some antibiotics to prevent his ear tube from becoming the maggot’s house again.
In September, doctors in Dien Bien Hospital removed 20 maggots from the nose of a 74-year-old woman.

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