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Chin J Traumatol. 2012;15(2):124-5.

Maggot therapy for repairing serious infective wound in a severely burned patient.

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Department of Burn and Plastic Surgery, Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan 250021, China.


The larvae of musca domestica were put in use to discard the dead tissue of a case of severe burn. A total of 50 000 aseptic maggots were put onto the infective wound surface, and aseptic dressings overlaid the surface. Three days later, another 20 000 maggots were put onto the wound for the second therapy. After twice maggot debridement, most necrotic muscle tissues of the wound were cleaned up, and eventually fresh granulation tissue grew and later the wound was covered and healed by 3 times of skin grafting. The result demonstrates that maggot therapy is safe and effective with no adverse complications except pain.

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