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September 1977

Starch Peritonitis

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Fort Smith, Ark

Arch Surg. 1977;112(9):1148. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370090130034

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To the Editor.—The presentation of the problem of starch peritonitis aroused considerable interest on my part (Arch Surg 112:458-461, 1977). Starch peritonitis appears to be a continuing, though unusual, surgical problem.

I have personally found starch to be an unsatisfactory "lubricant" for surgical gloves. A number of years ago, I was introduced to the use of sterilized mineral oil as a lubricant for surgical gloves by Dr O. R. Depp of New Orleans. This mineral oil not only obviates the potential complications of starch peritonitis, it also provides a quite satisfactory antidrying agent for the skin of the surgeon's hands. I am not aware of this being reported in the literature.

I was wondering if the editor or authors are aware of publication of information on the use of mineral oil as a lubricant for surgical gloves.

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