The effect of hydrogel dressings on maggot development

J Wound Care. 1999 Feb;8(2):75-7. doi: 10.12968/jowc.1999.8.2.25838.


The effect of six different hydrogels on the development of sterile larvae (Lucilia sericata) was examined in a laboratory study. Five of the products had a marked adverse effect on maggot survival but one appeared to facilitate growth of the larvae when compared to control values. These results are consistent with clinical observations that larvae may not survive well in wounds containing residues of some hydrogel dressings.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
  • Hydrogels / pharmacology*
  • Larva / drug effects*
  • Larva / growth & development*
  • Occlusive Dressings / supply & distribution*
  • Wound Healing
  • Wounds and Injuries / nursing
  • Wounds and Injuries / physiopathology


  • Hydrogels