10 fascinating facts about maggot debridement

This age-old remedy is gaining traction

Maggots may have an ongoing image problem, but they may have a lot to offer the field of medicine in the 21st century. 


Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is an old remedy that is gaining traction in Australia and New Zealand as an option for cleansing non-healing wounds. 

Here are 10 fascinating facts about maggot debridement:

  1. The species most widely used for MDT is the blowfly, Lucilia sericata. 
  2. The Department of Medical Entomology at Westmead Hospital is the main supplier of sterile maggots.