Maggot therapy for subacute mastoiditis

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976 Jun;102(6):377-9. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1976.00780110089013.


We describe a patient with intractable subacute mastoiditis who was treated successfully by maggot therapy. Maggot debridement of intractable wounds was very successful before the introduction of antibiotics. We describe the indications for use, materials and methods for the rearing of sterile larvae, the modes of action, and the complications of maggot debridement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Diptera
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mastoiditis / therapy*
  • Pupa*