Use of sterile maggots in an unusual trauma injury

Br J Nurs. 2007;16(6):S30-1. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2007.16.Sup1.27090.


Sterile larvae of the common green bottle, Lucilia sericata, have been shown to be a highly cost-effective alternative to conventional treatments for the debridement and cleansing of all types of chronic wounds. (Thomas, 2006). One or two treatment cycles each lasting approximately 3 days are often sufficient to achieve complete debridement of such wounds, provided sufficient numbers of maggots are applied on each application. Maggots are less commonly used in traumatic injuries, although in these wounds their remarkable wound cleansing properties could be of considerable value.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Bandages
  • Comorbidity
  • Debridement
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / epidemiology
  • Finger Injuries / epidemiology
  • Finger Injuries / pathology
  • Finger Injuries / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Larva*
  • Male
  • Necrosis