The using of Lucilia cuprina maggots in the treatment of diabetic foot wounds

J Egypt Soc Parasitol. 2014 Apr;44(1):125-9. doi: 10.12816/0006451.


In the present study, Lucilia cuprina maggots were used for the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. An artificial wound was made in diabetic foot of rabbit. The maggots were sterilized and put directly on the wound after dressing the wound without using any antibiotics. Several cycles of maggots were put on the wound. The present results showed that the treatment of the diabetic foot was observed after 13 days. After this period the wound was completely healed and become free of microbial contamination. The new tissues were observed to close the wound.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / complications*
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy*
  • Female
  • Larva
  • Male
  • Rabbits
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing