Surgeon placing maggots in a wound to clean it

Surgeon placing maggots in a wound to clean it

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Caption: Maggots cleaning wound. Surgeon's gloved hands placing a maggot in an open wound on a patient's foot. This is done so the maggots eat the dead and dying flesh and leave the healthy areas. The maggots clean the wound far more efficiently than is possible with drugs or other methods. This patient had his toes amputated after complications due to diabetes. These maggots are antiseptic, and keep the area free of bacteria. Only the maggots of the fly Lucilia sericata are used, and they are bred for this purpose in sterile conditions. Research is under way into isolating the digestive and antiseptic properties in the maggots' saliva. Photographed at the Bietigheim Clinic, Germany.

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