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Hawaii Med J. 2011 Jun;70(6):121-4.

Maggot debridement therapy in the treatment of complex diabetic wounds.

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  • 1Kaiser Permanente, Division of Infectious Disease, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA.


The growth and aging of the population of Hawai'i with a high incidence of diabetes mandates a need for more effective strategies to manage the healing of complicated wounds. Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is one alternative utilized with successful results. Observations have indicated that maggots have the ability to debride wound beds, provide anti-microbial activity and also stimulate wound healing in diabetic patients. None of the patients refused MDT due to aversion of this treatment modality and the majority of patients had minimal discomfort. In 17 of 23 patients with multiple co-morbidities, the treatment of their complex diabetic wounds by MDT resulted in improvement or cure. Maggot debridement therapy is an effective treatment of diabetic wounds.

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