J Clin Pathol 55:798-799 doi:10.1136/jcp.55.10.798
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A sebaceous cyst with a difference: Dermatobia hominis

  1. L J Harbin1,
  2. M Khan2,
  3. E M Thompson1,
  4. R D Goldin1
  1. 1Departments of Pathology and Surgery, St Mary’s Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK
  2. 2Department of Surgery, St Mary’s Hospital
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr R D Goldin, Department of Histopathology, St Mary’s Hospital, London, W2 1NY, UK;
  • Accepted 9 May 2002


Dermatobia hominis causes furuncular myiasis and is endemic to South America. This report describes a case in a young woman who had recently visited Belize, highlighting the importance of clinical history (including travel history) and close liaison between pathologist and surgeon.