May 2005
Volume 46, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2005
Octyl–2–cyanoacrylate Tissue Adhesive in External Dacryocystorhinostomy
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  • S.H. McKinley
    Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Inst/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2005, Vol.46, 4255. doi:
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      S.H. McKinley; Octyl–2–cyanoacrylate Tissue Adhesive in External Dacryocystorhinostomy . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005;46(13):4255.

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Abstract: : Purpose: To review our experience using octyl–2–cyanoacrylate in closing the cutaneous incision in external dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). Methods: A retrospective review was performed of all cases of external DCR with cyanoacrylate wound closure performed during the twelve month period. At the completion of the DCR, octyl–2–cyanoacrylate was used to close the incision. No subcutaneous sutures were placed to approximate the wound edges. Fifteen seconds of drying time elapsed before a second application of the adhesive was applied. Follow up consisted of examinations at one week, one month, and three months after surgery. Results: Twenty–one cases of wound closure using octyl–2–cyanoacrylate in external DCR were performed on 19 patients. Cyanoacrylate was applied to the wound without complications, and all patients had excellent closure of the wound with the cyanoacrylate at the end of the case. No wound infections were noted during the follow up period. One patient had a wound dehiscence that was treated with forceps debridement of residual cyanoacrylate and reapplication of additional octyl–2–cyanoacrylate. One patient was noted to have hypertrophic scar formation that resolved with daily massage. In all patients, the incision was felt to be aesthetically equivalent to the expected appearance of suture closed DCR incisions. Conclusions: Closure of the DCR incision with cyanoacrylate is safe, quick, does not compromise wound integrity, and provides an aesthetic result that is equivalent to suture wound closure. Additional benefits could potentially include a safer operative environment and post–operative convenience for patient and surgeon.

Keywords: wound healing • clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: outcomes/complications • orbit 

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