The presence of maggots (fly larvae) in an open wound is a repelling sight to many and documented cases of myiasis in the literature are scant due to the rarity of such infestation in live patients. A unique case of such a presentation is elaborated in a patient who sustained a crush injury to the hand. This case serves to highlight the unique challenges faced in treating such injuries and to raise the profile of maggots and their untapped potential use in biodebridement and management of open wounds in modern day wound care practices.
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Published online: February 29, 2012
Accepted: January 23, 2012
Received: November 16, 2011
© 2012 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.