By Wim Fleischmann

Impressive effects for Slow-healing Wounds

An old therapy - Rediscovered Fly larvae were used for
centuries to effectively deal with wounds. despite the fact that, as soon as penicillin used to be stumbled on,
and antibiotic treatment turned universal world wide, maggot treatment was once forgotten.
But now that micro organism have gotten more and more proof against glossy antibiotics,
maggot remedy is experiencing a resurgence.

Maggots advertise therapeutic Fly larvae can debride and support heal continual wounds
in a sort of "biosurgery." As unusual because it sounds, maggot treatment is usually a
patient's final probability to avoid amputation of a limb. the result of maggot
therapy were remarkable in treating diabetic foot ulcers, slow-healing
wounds because of circulatory difficulties, and strain sores in bed-bound
patients: over these kind of wounds - lots of them in life for years
- heal with no discomfort or unwanted side effects.

this article includes
extensive, reader-friendly info on maggot remedy. there's an outline
of the pertinent fly species, a heritage of maggot remedy, and knowledge on
maggots' mode of motion and alertness. as well as distinctive descriptions of
the scientific difficulties for which maggots can be utilized, there are case reports and
questions and solutions from clinical perform.

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In late August, she awoke one night in a pool of blood. Her left pelvic artery had ruptured because of infection-related erosion. Immediate emergency surgery saved her life but, under these grave circumstances, it was necessary to tie off the affected pelvic artery to stop the bleeding, even though this seriously jeopardized the blood flow to the leg. Fortunately, the patient survived and her leg did not have to be amputated, although the blood flow was severely compromised. 55 4 Clinical Application of Maggots Fig.

The International Biotherapy Society was founded in 1996 as a professional organization to advance the use, understanding, and acceptance of maggot therapy and other medical treatments 21 3 Maggots and Wound Healing that use live organisms. The first annual meeting of Biotherapists and Biotherapy research began that same year. In the United States, the non-profit Bio Therapeutics Education and Research (BeTER) Foundation now helps support patient care, education, and research in maggot therapy.

Fig. 28 Same patient: open-range maggot dressing. 51 4 Clinical Application of Maggots The maggot dressings were replaced three times over the next two weeks. The patient's general state improved rapidly, and she was transferred to the sepsis ward. sponge dressing (Biogard by Polymedics, Peer, Belgium) was applied for further wound cleaning. The wound surface was clean, disinfected, and well supplied with blood. Healthy skin from another part of the body was then grafted onto the wound, which subsequently healed without further complications.

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