Dressings containing about 80 maggots provided faster debridement for nonhealing venous leg ulcers than surgical debridement without any increased pain or discomfort, according to a 119-patient study published in the Archives of Dermatology. Patients getting maggot therapy required 10 minutes of care twice a week, compared with 40 minutes three times a week for surgical debridement, but wounds healed in about the same length of time in both groups.

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