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November 3, 1962

Plastic Resin May Repair Heart Incisions

JAMA. 1962;182(5):57. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050440109044

A plastic resin used to line tanks containing corrosive liquids may also be used to repair incisions in cardiovasular surgery.

Currently confined to experimental use in animal surgery, the rapid-setting resin may prove of value in clinical use, according to Dr. William F. Bernhard, clinical associate in surgery in the Harvard Medical School's Department of Child Surgery at the Children's Hospital Medical Center. Bernhard reported on the use of the resin Oct. 17 at the congress of the American College of Surgeons in Atlantic City.

Applied to thoroughly dried areas of incised blood vessels from which the connective tissue has been removed, the resin sets in two minutes to form a firm, elastic seal, Bernhard said. Being flexible, the seal expands and contracts with the blood vessels during each pulsation.

The physician's report covered the use of resin seal in