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Maggots Quickly Clean Up Wounds, Study Shows

Posted 20 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20 – The surgeons' scalpel may have new (and wriggling) competition in cleaning troublesome wounds: maggots. To the uninitiated the treatment may seem strange. But new French research suggests that bagging up live, sterile fly larvae in tightly meshed dressing packs and applying them to open sores can be a quick, safe and effective way to clear away dead tissue. Actually, "maggot debridement therapy" (MDT) has a long history in medicine. And the new investigation suggests that this approach – traditionally reserved for more severe wounds – can be a quick, first-line therapy for less severe lesions. "Twenty years ago, maggot therapy was performed mostly as a 'last resort' prior to amputation," for the treatment of non-healing wounds, explained Dr. Ronald A. Sherman, a "biotherapeutics" researcher at the University of California, Irvine, and the Los Angeles and Orange ... Read more

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Wound-Healing Maggots Succumb to Deadly Bacteria

Posted 8 Feb 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5 – Maggots used to treat chronic wounds can be killed by a type of bacteria that infects the wounds, Danish researchers say. Use of maggots to disinfect wounds (maggot debridement therapy) is standard procedure at wound care centers worldwide. The maggots consume dead tissue and ingest bacteria that are killed in the gut. In addition, the maggots secrete antimicrobial compounds into the wound that reduce inflammation and promote healing. This study found that maggots applied to simulated wounds that were heavily infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria weren't able to treat the wound and died within 20 hours. P. aeruginosa – which causes many hospital-acquired infections – is often associated with chronic wounds in which bacteria clump together to form biofilms. Bacteria in biofilms have a "communication system" called quorum sensing (QS) that makes them more ... Read more

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