Maggot therapy, sans maggots

November 1, 2006

West Yorkshire, England - Scientists have developed a new wound dressing that could provide the benefits of maggot therapy to patients without placing live blowfly larvae in nonhealing wounds.

West Yorkshire, England - Scientists have developed a new wound dressing that could provide the benefits of maggot therapy to patients without placing live blowfly larvae in nonhealing wounds.

Researchers at Bradford University and Nottingham University say medical observations suggested that maggot excretions and secretions (ES) also may encourage regeneration of tissue and healing of wounds.

Researchers developed a prototype hydrogel wound dressing that slowly releases maggot ES.