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May 21, 1997

Cyanoacrylate Tissue Adhesives: An Advance in Wound Care

Author Affiliations

From the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

JAMA. 1997;277(19):1559-1560. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540430071037

In recent years, interest in the use of cyanoacrylate tissue adhesives (CTAs) for the closure of wounds, both traumatic and surgical, has grown rapidly. The study by Quinn et al,1 published in this issue of THE JOURNAL, adds support for this method of wound closure. One of the few controlled studies of the use of CTAs2,3 in wound care, it introduces a new CTA with potential advantages over those currently available. While CTAs have not yet been approved for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approval is eagerly anticipated by practitioners and investigators who are aware of their many uses and potential. In all probability, CTAs will change the care of selected, uncomplicated lacerations and incisions in important ways. Because CTAs are easy to apply, perform as well as traditional sutures, and simplify wound care, they are likely to attract widespread interest and rapidly find their