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The effect of containment on the properties of sterile maggots.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12131859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A laboratory-based study undertaken to examine the effect of confinement in net bags upon the feeding mechanisms and growth rate of maggots of Lucilia sericata showed that free-range maggots survived better and grew significantly faster than maggots in bags (P<0.005). In a separate study it was also demonstrated that maggots in bags could survive on wound fluid that passed through the net without their having access to any form of solid food. This finding was consistent with clinical experience that suggests that although there may be some aesthetic advantages to the use of maggots in bags, their ability to combat infection or remove necrotic tissue from wounds is greatly reduced.
Stephen Thomas; Karen Wynn; Tony Fowler; Mary Jones
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0966-0461     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Nurs     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-19     Completed Date:  2002-09-10     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212059     Medline TA:  Br J Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S21-2, S24, S26 passim     Citation Subset:  N    
Biosurgical Research Unit, Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.
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MeSH Terms
Containment of Biohazards*
Larva / growth & development*
Wounds and Injuries / therapy*

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