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Int Wound J. 2017 Jun;14(3):512-515. doi: 10.1111/iwj.12637. Epub 2016 Jul 11.

Viability of Lucilia sericata maggots after exposure to wound antiseptics.

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Department of Dermatology, University Medicine Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.
Department of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery, Clinic of Surgery, University Medicine Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.
Institute for Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, School of Human & Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK.
Department for Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Wilhelminen Hospital, Vienna, Austria.
Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Medicine Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.


After debridement and before dressing a wound with maggots of calliphorid flies, one frequently performed step is the application of antiseptics to the prepared wound bed. However, the concomitant application of antiseptic agents during maggot therapy is regarded controversial as antiseptics may interfere with maggots' viability. In this experimental in vitro study, the viability of fly maggots was investigated after exposure to various antiseptics frequently used in wound care. Here, we show that Lucilia sericata fly maggots can survive up to an hour's exposure to wound antiseptics such as octenidine, povidone-iodine or polihexanide. Concomitant short-term application of wound antiseptics together with maggots on wound beds is tolerated by larvae and does not impair their viability.


Antisepsis; Bacterial ingestion; Bio-surgery; Disinfection; Lucilia sericata; Maggot therapy; Mobility; Wound care

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