Maggots for Medicine? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/25/05

Maggots for Medicine?

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but maggots and leeches were the focus Thursday of an FDA advisory panel.

The group agrees there is an increase in the medical use of those tiny creatures. Maggots have successfully been used to clear away dead tissue from diabetic wounds and other wounds that won't heal. Leeches are used by surgeons to help re-establish blood flow during transplants and limb reattachments.

So now, that FDA panel is trying to decide how to regulate the use and transport of those creatures. The advisory panel will discuss their recommendations at the end of each session, around 5pm Eastern.

The advisory panel will also be discussing bone wax, inflatable tissue expanders and wound dressing with drugs.

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