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Why aren't maggots used to treat necrotizing fasciitis?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Initially

Maggots are not used because prompt surgical debridement is the procedure of choice because this rids the area of necrotic tissue.
Maggot debridement would take to long. After the initial insult is over, one could use maggots to clean the wound up.

In brief: Initially

Maggots are not used because prompt surgical debridement is the procedure of choice because this rids the area of necrotic tissue.
Maggot debridement would take to long. After the initial insult is over, one could use maggots to clean the wound up.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. Ronald Sherman
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: They ARE used

Maggot therapy is sometimes used to treat necrotizing fasciitis (nf).
But, because nf is generally a life- or limb-threatening emergency, immediate surgical intervention is the first or preferred choice. Still, numerous reports in literature (surgery inadequate or vital structures at risk) where maggot debridement therapy (mdt or biosurgery) was used.

In brief: They ARE used

Maggot therapy is sometimes used to treat necrotizing fasciitis (nf).
But, because nf is generally a life- or limb-threatening emergency, immediate surgical intervention is the first or preferred choice. Still, numerous reports in literature (surgery inadequate or vital structures at risk) where maggot debridement therapy (mdt or biosurgery) was used.
Dr. Ronald Sherman
Dr. Ronald Sherman
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In brief: Infection

Maggot therapy is useful to clean wounds that are not infected not infected wounds.

In brief: Infection

Maggot therapy is useful to clean wounds that are not infected not infected wounds.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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