II. Category

III. Indications

  1. Subcuticular skin closure

IV. Advantages

  1. High tensile strength (similar to Ethilon)
  2. Minimal tissue reactivity (similar to Ethilon)
  3. Slippery (allows for easy removal from tissues)

V. Disadvantages

  1. Slippery (requires 4 knot throws to hold)
  2. High plasticity (loose after wound edema resolves)
  3. More expensive than Nylon Suture (Ethilon)
  4. More difficult to use than Nylon Suture

VI. References

  1. Epperson in Pfenninger and Fowler (1994) Procedures for Primary Care Physicians, Mosby, Chicago, p. 3-11
  2. Townsend (2001) Sabiston Textbook Surgery, p. 1552-3
  3. Howell (1997) Emerg Med Clin North Am 15(2):417-25 [PubMed]
  4. Moy (1991) Am Fam Physician 44(6):2123-8 [PubMed]

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