The Committee of Revision of the United States Pharmacopeia recently caused to be adopted a new terminology for the designation and the labeling of catgut. It is of interest that the term surgical gut will hereafter be officially used in place of the misnomer "catgut" to designate sheep intestine which has been prepared for surgical use. ("Catgut," however, is to be included in the Pharmacopeia as a synonym, with special character indicated by its being quoted and used with qualifying words, as in the term "surgical 'catgut' " or " 'catgut' suture.") Four types of surgical gut are officially recognized. These are called types A, B, C and D. Type A is plain untreated surgical gut, and types B, C and D represent varying grades of treated surgical gut, i. e., those given mild, medium and prolonged treatment, respectively. These treated grades of surgical gut are generally labeled type B: mild chromic
JENKINS HP. ABSORPTION OF SURGICAL GUT (CATGUT)IV. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ABSORBABILITY AND DIGESTIBILITY SPECIFICATIONS. Arch Surg. 1942;45(2):323–334. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1942.01220020143011
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