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Nylon Suture

Aka: Nylon Suture, Ethilon, Dermalon
  1. Category
    1. Synthetic Nonabsorbable Suture (monofilament)
  2. Advantages: Good choice for skin closure
    1. High tensile strength
    2. Minimal tissue reactivity
    3. Excellent elasticity
    4. Low cost
  3. Disadvantages
    1. High memory (requires 3 to 4 knot throws to hold)
      1. Pliabilized Ethilon in Alcohol reduces memory
  4. Absorption (Hydrolyzes in skin at very slow rate)
    1. Year 1: 89% of tensile strength
    2. Year 2: 72% of tensile strength
    3. Year 11: 66% of tensile strength
  5. 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]

Nylon suture (C0183734)

Definition (UMD) Synthetic sutures consisting of nylon fibers made from nonabsorbable (i.e., nonbiodegradable) aliphatic (e.g., polyamide 6) polymers. These sutures are typically available in sterile coated thread sections (e.g., 18, 30 in [45, 76 cm] long) attached to a single-use needle as an integral device; they are frequently colored for easy identification during surgery. Nylon sutures keep their tensile strength for very long periods of time; nylon is not absorbed, but hydrolysis may result in gradual loss of tensile strength over time. Nylon nonabsorbable synthetic sutures' intended use includes general soft-tissue approximation and suturing of internal organs and tissues.
Concepts Medical Device (T074)
SnomedCT 78641001
English Nylon suture, device, Sutures, Nylon, Sutures, Synthetic, Nonabsorbable, Nylon, Nylon Sutures, nylon suture, nylon sutures, Nylon suture, Nylon suture, device (physical object)
Spanish sutura de nailon (objeto físico), sutura de nailon
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

Dermalon (C0205862)

Concepts Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH D009757
Italian Dermalon
English Dermalons, Dermalon
Norwegian Dermalon
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

Ethilon (C0205863)

Concepts Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH D009757
Italian Ethilon
English ethilon, Ethilons, Ethilon
Norwegian Ethilon
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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