Podcast # 392: Maggot Therapy - The Emergency Medical Minute

Author: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Interest started as it was noticed soldiers who had wounds infected with maggots had better outcomes than those without maggots
  • Studies have shown that wound care with maggots is essentially equivalent to traditional therapy with oxygen, antibiotics, and debridement
  • Maggots debride the wound with proteolytic enzymes, sterilize the wound, and stimulate wound healing


Sherman RA. Maggot therapy takes us back to the future of wound care: new and improved maggot therapy for the 21st century. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2009 Mar 1;3(2):336-44. Review. PubMed PMID: 20144365; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2771513.

Baer WS. The treatment of chronic osteomyelitis with the maggot (larva of the blow fly) J Bone & Joint Surg. 1931;13:438–475.  DOI: 10.1007/s11999-010-1416-3


Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4  | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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