Maggot therapy: a review of the therapeutic applications of fly larvae in human medicine, especially for treating osteomyelitis


2 Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT


ABSTRACT. In traditional medical practice, the larvae of some Diptera: Calliphoridae, notably Lucilia illustris (Meigen), L. sericata (Meigen) and Phormia regina (Meigen), have been employed for maggot therapy, i.e. to help clean lesions antiseptically, especially for treatment of chronic osteomyelitis. This mode of treatment remains appropriate for cases where antibiotics are ineffective and surgery impracticable.