Maggot debridement therapy: a systematic review

Br J Community Nurs. 2014 Dec;Suppl Wound Care:S6-13. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2014.19.Sup12.S6.


Maggot debridement therapy is used extensively in the UK in both community and hospital situations, but remains a potentially under-used modality in many wound care markets. It promotes wound healing by performing three key processes: debridement, disinfection and growth-promoting activity. It can be used for the debridement of non-healing necrotic skin and soft tissue wounds, including pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, neuropathic foot ulcers and non-healing traumatic of post-surgical wounds. With the increase in chronic diabetic foot wounds, maggot debridement therapy is a promising tool for health professionals dealing with difficult wounds. This article presents an overview of the research evidence surrounding maggot debridement therapy that serves as a guide to health professionals who may be users of this form of treatment now and in the future.

Keywords: Chronic; Debridement; Diabetes; Maggot; Therapy.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Diptera
  • Humans
  • Larva*
  • Skin Care / nursing*
  • Wound Healing*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*