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May 7, 2003

Management of Pressure UlcersManagement of Pressure Ulcers

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2209-2211. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2209-a

To the Editor: Dr Lyder1 mentioned several adjunctive therapies for the treatment of pressure ulcers. However, he does not mention maggot debridement or larval therapy. This complementary therapy can be an inexpensive and effective treatment for pressure ulcers. A few recent studies have demonstrated that sterilized bottle fly maggots (Phaenicia sericata) can rapidly debride wounds2-4 and accelerate healing compared with more conventional dressings or treatments.3,4