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#1 of 24 Old 07-26-2004, 01:03 AM - Thead Starter
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The FDA recently approved using leaches to cure certain medical conditions in humans. They are also working on approving the use of maggots in humans. Would you allow a leach or maggot to be placed on/in your body to help cure a medical condition?
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As much as it grosses me out, I'd have to say that yes, if it were the best hope to save my life and/or limb, I'd do it. I understand that maggots can be used to help get rid of dead tissue in a wound, and thus help prevent gangrene. I honestly thought that was already a sanctioned medical use of maggots - maybe this is just making it 'official'??
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EWWWWWWW

Ok now that that is out of my system....if there were no other choice then yes I would let it be done...heck if it can save my life, then by all means go for it but still.......EWWWWW
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I have heard of the use of leeches when a limb/finger/toe is reattached. I understand they increase the changes that the reattachment will be successfull by eating the bad blood. Hopefully, I will never need an appendage reattahed as I am rather fond of all of mine, but if I did, I would do what it took to get them sewed back on - even if it was leeches. But Yuck! It would be really gross.

 
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As gross as it sounds, they are already using leaches & maggots to debride wounds and dead tissue.

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I know somebody that has had one of these procedures .. but I'll let her tell you about it

I believe you are heavily drugged while it is going on ....
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I don't know. Maybe I would. Yuck...just the thought of maggots or leaches on someone
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OH...and if your are heavily drugged, as you said Dawn, then it might not be as bad. Guess it is better than surgery. But it is still a pretty wild thought
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I believe you are heavily drugged while it is going on ....
I would have to be...

But if it was the best way to save my limb etc. well then I would do it.
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I would if it helped me.........Hopefully I'd be medicated to the hilt
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I with everyone else, if it could help me by all means yes but please put me under. Leaches do not bother me so much because I used them for fishing, I know what they do. Maggots on the other hand gross me out but like I said if it is going to help me or one of my family members yes I would do it.
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Our old dog had a cyst on his hip, and in the winter and spring, the skin would dry out and he'd chew on it, causing raw skin. More than once I freaked out because there were maggots on it. The vet told us it wasn't as bad as we feared, because maggots do not eat live tissue - only dead.

I understand that leeches inject some sort of anti-coagulant, and that medical science is looking at that chemical to see how we can use it without having to attach a leech first.
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Yes I reckon I would if it meant keeping an arm or leg or whatever!
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EwwwwwwwwwwwWW!
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Here's an article about medical leeches - http://www.muhealth.org/~news/LEECHES.shtml

Here's an article in USA today about both - http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/...-maggots_x.htm

 
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Here's what the FDA officially says about it - http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/answer.../ANS01294.html

I understand how they get the leeches off, but I didn't see an explanation for the maggots.

 
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I believe maggots only feed on dead tissue, possibly on diseased tissues. And, they don't burrow in, so they can probably just be rinsed off after treatment.
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I thought that might be the case, but wasn't sure. I have heard of people dying from a maggot infestation, but it sounds like they were already dying and the maggots were just taking full advantage.

 
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That would not be on my Top Ten Best Ways To Die list, for sure! Eaten by maggots!
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EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!


But, if it meant me keeping whatever appendage, well, if you must...just knock my butt OUT before you get near me with critters !!
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As long as I am knocked out and know nothing about it, then I guess it would be ok. I would not want to hear ANY details about it at all.
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Gross, But I would do it!

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I thought the links you provided Lenora was very interesting. I knew that Leaches were used years ago, just from hearing it from my grandpa and great grandpa. One of the articles say they use a badage of maggots, which to me is like a little case that they use for the area only then when down they scoop them up some how by taking the badage off. That is my preception of reading it.
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