What is it about?
Maggot therapy has been growing rapidly in many countries, but especially in large cities. Because maggot therapy requires no electricity, expensive medical equipment or highly trained personnel, it is ideal for areas of the world where such resources are limited. In this article, we see how health care providers in the Islamic Republic of Iran effectively used these qualities of maggot therapy to treat chronic non-healing wounds not only in the big cities but also in rural villages, saving dozens of limbs from amputation.
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Why is it important?
This publication is important because we can see how simple and effective maggot therapy can be for treating serious chronic wounds - including many with bone infection (osteomyelitis). All of the wounds healed, even though they had not responded to conventional medical and surgical wound care, even though many were otherwise scheduled for amputation, and even though many of the subjects were outpatients living in rural areas, far from specialized wound centers.
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This page is a summary of: Maggot therapy for wound care in Iran: a case series of the first 28 patients, Journal of Wound Care, March 2017, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2017.26.3.137.
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