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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Interesting → Maggots help to heal wounds quicker

Maggot therapy (also known as Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT), larval therapy, larva therapy, or larvae therapy) is a type of biotherapy involving the intentional introduction by a health care practitioner of live, disinfected maggots (fly larvae) into the non-healing skin and soft tissue wound(s) of a human or animal for the purpose of selectively cleaning out only the necrotic (dead) tissue within a wound in order to promote wound healing. Maggot therapy has been shown to accelerate debridement of necrotic wounds and reduce the bacterial load of the wound, leading to earlier healing, reduced wound odor and less pain.

In a 2007 preliminary trial, maggots were used to successfully treat patients with the superbug MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a bacteria which has developed antibiotic resistance to all penicillins. The current use of maggot therapy is estimated to involve over 3,000 doctors, clinics, and hospitals in over 20 countries. In 2003, approximately 30,000 treatments were administered to an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 patients.

Wiki Article: Maggot therapy


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Mic
I'd rather the doc offered assisted suicide...
2009-02-27 05:20:40

Thrill-Of-It-All
OMG! It's gonna take a lot more maggots to heal THAT wound!
2009-02-27 03:02:39

rhangga
therapy for what? healing? well, i see a dead person there!
2009-02-25 19:22:23

right
wtf?
2009-02-22 07:21:02

Donna Riley
WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT A PICTURE OF?! IS THAT PERSON DEAD OR SOMETHING?!
2009-02-16 02:20:21

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2009-02-11 13:15:05

drlmg
"tommo
i bet my ass this wound won`t heal!"

tommo...I'm with you... I bet my ass you are correct!!!
2009-02-01 21:26:23

drlmg
So was this patient cured? (joking)

Maggot therapy is very effective, however patient compliance can be less than desired in many cases. Maggots are used in conjunction with other very aggressive modes of treatment, being surgical, IV antibiotic, etc. according to the type of infection.
2009-02-01 21:24:12

tom
tommo is right, the pics dont fit the medical facts, maggot eat ONLY dead tissues, they dont touch live tissue, so they arent able to eat the whole alive human, the guy must have been dead for several weeks
2009-01-13 17:01:16

tommo
this guy or whatever it was is dead.. the pics dont fit the medical facts
2009-01-12 21:36:50

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