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Use of sterile maggots to treat panniculitis in an aged donkey
  1. N. J. Bell, M, VetMB, MRCVS1 and
  2. S. Thomas, BPharm, PhD, MRPharmS2
  1. 1 The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
  2. 2 Biosurgical Research Unit, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, Glamorgan

Abstract

An aged female donkey developed a severe, localised, suppurative panniculitis secondary to a skin wound. Bacterial culture of swabs taken from the wound gave a profuse growth of multi-drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a profuse growth of Escherichia coli and a moderate growth of beta-haemolytic Streptococcus species. The lesion did not respond to conventional medical and surgical treatment and continued to progress. Six applications of sterile larvae (maggots) of the common greenbottle, Lucilia sericata, were used to debride the wound successfully.

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