Maggot Debridement Therapy: Advancing to the Past in Wound Care

Medsurg Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec;24(6):407-11.


Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is experiencing resurgence as an effective alternative to conventional mechanical debridement in nonhealing wounds, especially those with antibiotic-resistant organisms. MDT has antibiotic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Military use is on the rise.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Diptera*
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • Humans
  • Larva*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing