A report on Maggot and Maggot therapy

Maggots feeding on an opossum carrion
Maggot debridement therapy on a wound from a diabetic foot
Maggots on a porcupine carcass
Maggots in medical packaging
Maggots from a rabbit.
Lucilia sericata, Green Bottle Fly
Protophormia terraenovae, Northern blowfly

Maggot therapy (also known as larval therapy) is a type of biotherapy involving the introduction of live, disinfected maggots (fly larvae) into non-healing skin and soft-tissue wounds of a human or other animal for the purpose of cleaning out the necrotic (dead) tissue within a wound, (debridement) and disinfection.

- Maggot therapy

(Use of the wrong species would invite pathological myiasis.) In controlled and sterile settings overseen by medical practitioners, maggot therapy introduces live, disinfected maggots into non-healing skin or soft wounds of a human or animal.

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Maggots feeding on an opossum carrion

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Cutaneous myiasis in the shoulder of a human

Myiasis

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Cutaneous myiasis in the shoulder of a human
Myiasis in a cat's flesh
Myiasis in a dog's flesh
Ultrasound showing maggot infestation

Myiasis is the parasitic infestation of the body of a live animal by fly larvae (maggots) which grow inside the host while feeding on its tissue.

For example, feeding on dead or necrotic tissue is not generally a problem except when larvae such as those of flies in the family Piophilidae attack stored food such as cheese or preserved meats; such activity suggests saprophagy rather than parasitism; it even may be medically beneficial in maggot debridement therapy (MDT).

Calliphoridae

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The Calliphoridae (commonly known as blow flies, blow-flies, carrion flies, bluebottles, greenbottles, or cluster flies) are a family of insects in the order Diptera, with almost 1,900 known species.

The Calliphoridae (commonly known as blow flies, blow-flies, carrion flies, bluebottles, greenbottles, or cluster flies) are a family of insects in the order Diptera, with almost 1,900 known species.

Close-up of the head of Calliphora vomitoria
A Calliphora livida fly specimen
Calliphora hilli
Calliphora augur
A close-up of the head of a Calliphora

The maggot larvae, often used as fishing bait, are known as gentles.

Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is the medical use of selected, laboratory-raised fly larvae for cleaning nonhealing wounds.