Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Lucilia sericata

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_1795-2

Name

Latin: lux = light, Greek: serikos = silk.

The larvae of this fly causing Myiasis, Man may be used to clean skin abscesses from the bacterial coat, since they feed only from necrotic tissues and not from healthy ones.

The larvae excrete intestinal fluids, which are later engorged again. These fluids lead to a debridement of badly healing wounds. Extracts are used as medicament (Fa. Alpha-Biocare, Düsseldorf, www.alphabiocare.de) to close nonhealing wounds (Larveel®) (Figs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6).

Keywords

Necrotic Tissue Intestinal Fluid Skin Abscess Nonhealing Wound Bacterial Coat 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany