maggots, myiasis, turpentine
V Yagnik. Maggots: World’s smallest surgeons.. The Internet Journal of Surgery. 2008 Volume 21 Number 1.
Here we report 3 cases of ulcers with maggots. All wounds are clean after removal of the maggots. Neglected ulcers and poor hygiene are implicated as important causes of infestation. We used turpentine for all cases for removal of maggots with good result. Maggots can be used for the treatment of non-healing ulcer and MRSA infection. Collagenase is responsible for debridement of the wound in presence of maggots.
Maggots: world’s smallest surgeons.
We had 3 patients of maggots in the ulcer in the last one month. All patients had neglected ulcers since long and poor hygiene is one of the causes implicated. History of trauma was present in all the cases. Among 3 cases, one patient was having foot drop, the other two had normal vascular and neurological examinations. Systemic examination was normal in all cases. Blood reports including sugar was normal in all cases. Maggots’ debridement therapy is used for treatment of non-healing ulcer as well as ulcer with lots of slough and it may help even in MRSA bacterial infection which is resistant to so many antibiotics. On examination, after removal of maggots from the wound, all ulcers were clean. We used to apply turpentine over the wound to remove the maggots.
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