Sadly, question inspired by not a hypothetical, as I reveal here: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=15189276&postcount=3779 but I think it’s still a GQ. I’m interested in theoretical risks of naturally acquired maggots, not this particular patient’s prognosis*.
Anyone know? I know that they do use sterile lab raised maggots of some particular species to debride necrotic tissue. But I have absolutely no idea what sort of larvae infested my patient’s leg, and I know they were not sterile or raised in a lab. They do appear to have eaten away the dead tissue; the wound bed has never looked better. But what are the risks of having free range maggots instead of sterile maggots, and mystery larvae instead of the known species used by doctors?
*The patient is under doctor’s care, don’t worry. Doc knows what’s up, patient is on his way to a wound specialist tomorrow. I’m not the only, or even primary, person responsible for his well-being.