maggot treatment

maggot treatment

A method of treating septic wounds. In the 1930s, scientific studies indicated that neglected and infected compound fractures were aided in healing when blackbottle fly, bluebottle fly, and blowfly maggots accidentally infested the wounds. The maggots removed necrotic tissue and left healthy granulating tissue. Modern therapy, including antibiotics, has made this method of treating wounds and osteomyelitis obsolete. Nevertheless, it is possible to culture sterile blowfly maggots for this use. In severe skin infections when all other forms of therapy have failed, this method has been used.
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Larval debridement therapy (LDT), also known as maggot treatment, is a long-established method for cleaning chronic wounds which do not respond to other treatments.
The great-grandmother from Lutterworth has really impressed her grandson Dominic, aged 10, who told her, "My friends think you're such a cool nanna", because she braved the maggot treatment.
He initially told Mitchell that her infection was too severe for maggot treatment, but when she remained adamant, he acquiesced.
David Powell, 42, of Porthcawl, avoided a foot amputation with maggot treatment on abscesses.
A radical maggot treatment became available on prescription today for the first time in history.
Her biographer, Christopher Warwick, who revealed the maggot treatment, says the princess turned on the bath taps instead of the shower by mistake.
My father, a Word War One veteran, had horrific wounds and had the maggot treatment.
Andrew Thomas, 43, of Llangeinor, near Bridgend, had his leg saved by maggot treatment.
SIR - The piece on maggot treatment goes to show there's nothing new under the sun.
The maggot treatment works because the larvae eat dead tissue.
Peter, aged 53, had three maggot treatments in total and lost another toe in the process.