An Algorithm for Managing Spitting Sutures

Nicholas Thornton, Frank Winsett, Richard F. Wagner

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Spitting sutures are a common complication of dermatologic surgery following closure of a cutaneous defect using buried sutures. This development can be distressing and uncomfortable for patients and may lead to further complications, such as surgical-site infection and abscess. Presented here is a straightforward and reliable algorithm to guide management of spitting sutures and their complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-101
Number of pages2
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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