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March 1988

Tissue Adhesive

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(3):253. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860150035013

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A symposium on tissue adhesives (sponsored by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Committee) at the 1987 annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head Neck Surgery explored the current and future uses of these materials in facial plastic surgery. Panel members were David T. Briant, MD (Toronto); David A. F. Ellis, MD (Toronto); Calvin M. Johnson, Jr, MD (New Orleans); and Robert A. Weisman, MD (Philadelphia).

Grey, in 1915, first used fibrin to control bleeding in cerebral surgery (Grey EG: Fibrin as a hemostatic in cerebral surgery. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1915;21:452-454). Thrombin and fibrinogen were used as an adhesive for skin grafting in 1944 (Cronkite EP, Lozner EL, Deaver JM: Use of thrombin and fibrinogen in skin grafting. JAMA 1944;124:976-978). The use of plasma to repair peripheral nerves was described in animals as early as 1940 (Young JZ, Medawar PB: Fibrin suture of peripheral nerves. Lancet 1940;239:126). These promising attempts

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