medical maggots


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medical maggots

Any of several species (e.g., Lucilia sericata, the common green bottle fly, and Protophormia terraenovae) of larvae (maggots) that feed on necrotic tissue, the feeding secretions of which counter infection by Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcus pneumoniae and are more effective in healing wounds than mechanical debridement and/or chemical cleansing of wounds.

Mechanisms of action
Debridement of necrotic tissue, disinfection; possibly, improved wound healing.
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Medical maggots are supplied in sterile containers and have undergone a rigorous disinfection and sterilization procedure prior to medical usage (Paul et al.
We were wrapping it in seaweed, there was talk of using medical maggots, and then one day the doctor just looked at the wound and his face went pale.

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