Research uses maggots to clean large wounds

December 21, 2011 2:00:11 PM PST
There is creepy-crawling research evidence from Europe that sterile fly larvae can clean large wounds in a diabetic patient better in the short term than conventional treatment with a scalpel.

The larvae, which are a form of the common maggot, are adept at removing dead tissue from wounds.

French researchers studied two groups of diabetic leg wound patients and found, after two weeks, the group using the larvae treatment had 10 percent less dead tissue around the wound than those treated by a doctor's scalpel.