Viability of Lucilia sericata maggots after exposure to wound antiseptics

Georg Daeschlein, Matthias Napp, Ojan Assadian, Sebastian von Podewils, Kevin Reese, Peter Hinz, Johannes Matiasek, Romy Spitzmueller, Paul Humphreys, Michael Jünger, Axel Kramer

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Abstract

After debridement and before dressing a wound with maggots of calliphorid flies, one frequently performed step is the application of antiseptics to the prepared wound bed. However, the concomitant application of antiseptic agents during maggot therapy is regarded controversial as antiseptics may interfere with maggots' viability. In this experimental in vitro study, the viability of fly maggots was investigated after exposure to various antiseptics frequently used in wound care. Here, we show that Lucilia sericata fly maggots can survive up to an hour's exposure to wound antiseptics such as octenidine, povidone-iodine or polihexanide. Concomitant short-term application of wound antiseptics together with maggots on wound beds is tolerated by larvae and does not impair their viability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-515
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Wound Journal
Volume14
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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    Daeschlein, G., Napp, M., Assadian, O., von Podewils, S., Reese, K., Hinz, P., Matiasek, J., Spitzmueller, R., Humphreys, P., Jünger, M., & Kramer, A. (2017). Viability of Lucilia sericata maggots after exposure to wound antiseptics. International Wound Journal, 14(3), 512-515. https://doi.org/10.1111/iwj.12637