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medical maggots 

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medical maggots


The larvae of any of several species of flies–e.g., Lucilia sericata, the common green bottle fly and Protophormia terraenovae, the feeding secretions of which counter infection by Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcus pneumoniae and other pathogens.

Application of maggots on open wounds has undergone a renaissance, as they feed only on necrotic tissue and thus are more effective in healing wounds and treatment refractory decubital ulcers than mechanical debridement and chemical cleansing of wounds. as the latter methods remove necrotic and normal tissue.

Mechanisms of action Debridement of necrotic tissue, disinfection, secretion of factors that accelerate wound healing. 

Synonym Therapeutic maggots 


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