Could super glue be used to suture?

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Offline thedoc

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Could super glue be used to suture?
« on: 27/09/2016 13:53:02 »
Luke Pullar asked the Naked Scientists:
   Why shouldn't a person use superglue as a suture? What is the difference between medical grade and the stuff you get in a tube at the supermarket?
What do you think?
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Re: Could super glue be used to suture?
« Reply #1 on: 27/09/2016 15:23:57 »
There is probably little difference but you would be in grave danger of a medical negligence suite.
Considering the high cost of a medical procedure that employed the suturing blood vessels any attempt at money saving would be misguided as those who used industrial grade silicone for breast implants found out


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Re: Could super glue be used to suture?
« Reply #2 on: 27/09/2016 16:44:35 »
It has been widely used as an emergency suture by the military

J Int Oral Health. 2013 Oct; 5(5): 95100.
Published online 2013 Oct 26.
PMCID: PMC3845291
Comparison between Silk Sutures and Cyanoacrylate Adhesive in Human Mucosa- A Clinical and Histological Study

is a good summary of one such use in nonemergency surgery, where the cyanoacrylate seems to outperform conventional stitching.

It's not a good idea to attempt elective vascular surgery on your kitchen table  but where the alternative is bleeding to death, any suture is probably better than none, and if it's just a question of closing a flesh wound en route to a hospital, supermarket cyanoacrylate is a lot easier to find and use than the appropriate gauge and curvature of a loaded surgical needle. If you did nothing, you would certainly be liable for negligence.

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