Sherman, also director of the BioTherapeutics, Education & Research Foundation in Irvine, Calif., called the study "well-conceived" and "well-executed."
It "demonstrated that maggot therapy is safe and at least equally effective to conventional surgical wound care," he noted. "This is not a new finding, but their study is very important because it adds to our limited database on maggot therapy."
But Sherman also noted that more aspects of maggot therapy remain to be explored, such as the potential for so-called "free-range maggot therapy" in which bag-less larvae are placed in direct contact with the wound.
"While this is a powerful testament to the potency of the maggots' therapeutic secretions, we are still left wondering whether or not free-range maggots might have done any better," he said. But this, he noted, awaits further study.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved maggot therapy in 2004 as a "device" used by prescription.
Learn more about maggot treatment at the Wound Care Information Network.
SOURCES: Ronald A. Sherman, M.D., director, BioTherapeutics, Education & Research Foundation, co-founder and laboratory director, Monarch Labs, and researcher, University of California, Irvine and the Los Angeles and Orange County health departments, Irvine, Calif.; Dec. 19, 2011 (online), Archives of Dermatology
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