Larval therapy in wound management: a review

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Debridement is an essential component of wound care as the presence of devitalised tissue can impede the healing process. Larval therapy has been used for the debridement of wounds for several hundred years. A plethora of literature is available on larval therapy, but many authors acknowledge the paucity of large-scale clinical trials supporting its effectiveness. While the exact mechanism of larval therapy remains unknown, it encompasses three processes: debridement, disinfection and promotion of healing. This literature review discusses the applications, benefitsand disadvantages of larval therapy as well as the processes involved. The literature reviewed suggests that further comprehensive research into the mechanisms involved in larval therapy is required to ensure that it may be used to best medical advantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-493
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

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Reference text: Parnes, A., Lagan, K.M. (2007) Larval therapy in wound management: a review. Int J Clin Pract, 61, 3, 488–493.


  • Larval Therapy Wound Management Ulceration Podiatry Biosurgery


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