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medical maggotsAny 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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