Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Maggot Medicine!

In a recent trial, patients with diabetes and limb infections were treated with 50 to 100 maggots patched to their wounds every two days for about 10 days. The maggots in 21 out of 37 cases managed to remove dead or infected tissue, thereby speeding up the healing process and preventing more drastic actions such as amputation in severe cases. Maggot therapy remains controversial as many studies have shown mixed results and it is unclear if they can damage healthy tissue if left too long in a wound.

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