26 Sep '11, 4am

The healing of difficult diabetic wounds could be jump-started in a natural way: By using maggots, says US study

The healing of difficult diabetic wounds could be jump-started in a natural way: By using maggots, says US study

'Maggot debridement treatment is overwhelmingly effective. After just one treatment these wounds start looking better,' Lawrence Eron told Reuters Health. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG (REUTERS) - To jump-start the healing of difficult diabetic wounds, United States researchers have a suggestion: let maggots do the work. To allow such wounds to heal, doctors remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement. But these tools often fail. 'These problem patients with diabetes really need better treatments in order to salvage their limbs,' said Lawrence Eron from Kaiser Hospital and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, who with colleagues presented their findings at a recent scientific meeting in Chicago. 'Maggot debridement treatment is overwhelmingly effective. After just one treatment these wounds start looking better,' he told Reuters Heal...

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