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J Reconstr Microsurg. 2006 May;22(4):277-80.

Treatment of infected wounds with maggot therapy after replantation.

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Department of Plastic Surgery, Dalian University Hospital, Dalian Medical University, China.

Abstract

Postoperative wound infection is a rare, but major, complication of replantation. Failure to control infection can lead directly to vascular thrombosis and, in turn, to loss of the replanted extremity. The use of maggots for wound debridement has a long history and has been lately re-introduced for treatment of intractable wounds. In this report, the authors present the experience of successful debridement of a severely infected wound after forearm replantation, using maggot therapy. The results and mechanism of maggot therapy are discussed.

PMID:
16783687
DOI:
10.1055/s-2006-939935
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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