Twenty-one of 37 diabetes patients with stubborn wounds who underwent maggot therapy had complete removal of dead tissues, improved tissue connections and about 75% closure of the wounds, according to research presented at a scientific meeting in Chicago last week. "Maggot debridement treatment is overwhelmingly effective" and allows the next stage of treatment -- including hydrogels, grafts of cell culture tissue or negative pressure dressings -- to work better, the lead researcher Dr. Lawrence Eron said.

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