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Larval therapy in wound management: a review

Parnes, A and Lagan, Katie (2007) Larval therapy in wound management: a review. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 61 (3). pp. 488-493. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1742-1241.2006.01238.x/pdf

DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2006.01238.x

Abstract

Debridement is an essential component of wound care as the presence of devitalised tissue can impede the healing process. Larval therapy has been used for the debridement of wounds for several hundred years. A plethora of literature is available on larval therapy, but many authors acknowledge the paucity of large-scale clinical trials supporting its effectiveness. While the exact mechanism of larval therapy remains unknown, it encompasses three processes: debridement, disinfection and promotion of healing. This literature review discusses the applications, benefitsand disadvantages of larval therapy as well as the processes involved. The literature reviewed suggests that further comprehensive research into the mechanisms involved in larval therapy is required to ensure that it may be used to best medical advantage.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Larval Therapy Wound Management Ulceration Podiatry Biosurgery
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:31034
Deposited By: Ms Andrea Jones
Deposited On:19 Jan 2016 14:32
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:17

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