Are tissue adhesives better than sutures for closing traumatic lacerations? Evidence Update, Trauma Series, November 2006.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Farion K, Osmond MH, Hartling L, Russell K, Klassen T, Crumley E, Wiebe N. Tissue adhesives for traumatic lacerations in children and adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2001, Issue 4.
Tissue adhesives yield similar cosmetic results, reduce procedure time and cause less pain than standard wound closure for simple traumatic lacerations, although the wound is more likely to re-open.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, pp.2