The purpose of this experimental study was to compare the effect of a tissue adhesive, N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate, on the wound's ability to resist infection and gain strength to the effect of percutaneous polypropylene suture. Percutaneous sutures damaged host defenses, inviting the growth of bacteria to a level that was significantly greater than that encountered with the tissue adhesive. Immediately after wound closure, percutaneous sutures provided a more secure closure, as measured by breaking strength, than did tissue adhesives. Seven days later, the breaking strengths of wounds closed by tissue adhesives did not differ significantly from those repaired with percutaneous sutures. Tissue adhesive closure requires less psychomotor skills than suture closure and is accomplished more rapidly than suture closure.
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