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The humble maggot may be advance in biosurgery

Abilene Reporter-News, May 14, 2013

In this week’s Medical Discovery News with UTMB professor David Niesel and UTMB Professor Emeritus Norbert Herzog: Maggots are ideal for wounds that get little to no blood flow, or tissue in the process of regenerating. In these cases, antibiotics cannot be carried to the site by blood, which increases the risk of infection. Maggots are also ideal when serious infection has set in such as gangrene and foot infections in diabetics. At times, they’re even better than surgeons in eliminating all traces of an infection, which can be difficult to spot. No wonder maggot therapy has been given a fancy, more appealing name: biosurgery. The article also appears in the Galveston County Daily News.


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