Consider using maggots

Todays Surg Nurse. 1998 May-Jun;20(3):28-32.


Although once used to treat a multitude of conditions, maggot therapy was replaced almost entirely by the advent of antibiotics. During treatment, maggots liquify necrotic tissue and kill bacteria in the wound, stimulating healing. Despite its benefits, maggot therapy should not be used as an alternative to emergent surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Debridement / methods*
  • Humans
  • Larva*
  • Patient Selection
  • Wound Healing*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*