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EBNESINA 2007, 10(3 And 4): 41-45 Back to browse issues page
Infectious wounds treatment by fly larvae
F Khoshdel , H Yaghoubi, S Ehteshami
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When modern medicine fails, it is often useful to draw ideas from ancient treatments. The therapeutic use of fly larvae to debride necrotic tissue, also known as larval therapy, maggot debridement therapy or biosurgery, dates back to the beginnings of civilization. Despite repeatedly falling out of favor largely because of patient intolerance to the treatment, the practice of larval therapy is increasing around the world because of its efficacy, safety and simplicity. Clinical indications for larval treatment are varied, but in particular, are wounds infected with multi-drug-resistant bacteria and the presence of significant co-morbidities precluding surgical intervention. The flies most often used in larval therapy are the facultative calliphorids, with the greenbottle blowfly (Lucilia sericata) being the most widely used species. This review summarizes the fascinating and turbulent history of larval therapy from its origin to the present day, including mechanisms of action and evidence for its clinical applications. It also explores future research directions.
Keywords: Larvae, History, Biosurgery, Infectious wound, Maggot therapy
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2012/03/7 | Accepted: 2014/06/3 | Published: 2014/06/3
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Khoshdel F, Yaghoubi H, Ehteshami S. Infectious wounds treatment by fly larvae. EBNESINA. 2007; 10 (3 and 4) :41-45
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