Elephantiasis Example With Non-medical Maggots

This clip from Dr. Larry Mellick shows a patient who is suffering from Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa. ENV is the progressive disfiguring enlargement of a body part. It is an uncommon complication of chronic obstructive lymphedema, which is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin. Upon removal of the dressing, this patient’s wound is discovered to have maggots. While it seems gross, maggots can actually be quite helpful in wound debridement.

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