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January 2013

Assisted Instrument Tie to Close Scalp Wounds

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio (Mss Saraiya and Bukavina); Departments of Dermatology, University of Mississippi, Jackson (Dr Brodell), University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York (Dr Brodell), and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Bhatia).

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1067

Performing closures of scalp wounds can be challenging, especially when patients are unwilling to undergo hair clipping at the operative site.

A 60-year-old white man presented for removal of a 1.2-mm mobile, noninflamed keratinous cyst of the right scalp present for several weeks. It was tender when struck with a comb. Hair-bearing skin covered the cyst. The patient was anxious about having his hair clipped.

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