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May 1972

Feasibility of a Bank for Storage of Human Fascia Lata Sutures

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto, and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;87(5):535-537. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000020537008

The feasibility was investigated of establishing a simple but reliable bank for storage of human fascial sutures to be used in ophthalmic operations. Cadaver fascia lata was cut into strips, sterilized, and stored for periods up to six months. Sterilization was achieved by irradiation. Fascia strips stored at room temperature were significantly stronger than those stored in the cold. Variation in storage time, processing time, and cadaver age had no significant effect on the tensile strength. These results demonstrated that a bank for the storage of human fascial sutures could be established.