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Todays Surg Nurse. 1998 May-Jun;20(3):28-32.

Consider using maggots.

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University of California Irvine's Department of Medicine, USA.

Abstract

Although once used to treat a multitude of conditions, maggot therapy was replaced almost entirely by the advent of antibiotics. During treatment, maggots liquify necrotic tissue and kill bacteria in the wound, stimulating healing. Despite its benefits, maggot therapy should not be used as an alternative to emergent surgery.

PMID:
10026636
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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