BAY CITY, Mich. - Barbara Enser wasn't very comfortable at first with the idea of using maggots to clean the wound on her right foot. But if it meant saving it from amputation, she was willing to give it a try.
The 57-year-old Bay City woman was diagnosed with diabetes 40 years ago and subsequently lost her left leg to the disease. She also suffers from neuropathy, meaning she has no feeling in her foot or leg, and ulcers or wounds can develop from constantly putting pressure on the foot.
The maggots do more than just clean a wound. They also dissolve the infected tissue, kill bacteria and leave an enzyme behind that stimulates healing. They will only eat the infected tissue, leaving healthy tissue alone.
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Sounds sick, but interesting on a scientific level too..
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SFOerik From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
This is a very interesting subject - it makes perfect sense though. Maggots have the sense to eat only dead or infected flesh and stop at the good healthy tissue. This is the first step in healing an infected or non-healing wound.
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1105 times:
It actually seems like an excellent idea...a relatively cheap method of treatment, quite natural in fact if you think of it. I've heard of this procedure having been done quite a bit...doesn't seem risky at all.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14584 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
It depends on the species of maggot. Some eat healthy flesh. The maggots / flies used for treatment are, like medical leeches, bred under sterile and controlled conditions to prevent the spread of diseases.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9077 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1098 times:
Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter): The 57-year-old Bay City woman was diagnosed with diabetes 40 years ago and subsequently lost her left leg to the disease.
Poor woman, being diagnosed with diabetes at age 17 back in 1965... I'm glad she doesn't seem to be blind.
As for the treatment, it sure sounds interesting. The thing about the leeches is true, although IIRC, people don't need to lie in baths with the animals but just have them placed on their skin. There's also some fish that can help treat psoriasis by eating the lichen (is that what you call it?) and alleviating the problem.
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 4): The maggots / flies used for treatment are, like medical leeches, bred under sterile and controlled conditions to prevent the spread of diseases.
Which is of course the criterion determining the usefulness of any species of animal for medical treatment. If they can't be breeded in sufficiently sterile conditions, they will probably worsen the illness if used.
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13505 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1069 times:
A friend of mine whom had a diabetes related infection of his foot and had to have all the toes on his right foot amputated about a week ago, also had maggot therapy done to the remaing infected/affected area. Apparently it did help and his foot seems to be healing at a good pace. He may be out of the hospital and walking around by the end of the week.