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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-86

Comparative analysis of 6-0 nylon and 6-0 vicryl rapide in congenital unilateral cleft lip repair

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, SGT University, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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Payal Luthra
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, SGT University, Gurgaon - 122 505, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-2125.187512

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Context: The type of suture material used in surgery has been a long standing debate among surgeons. In this study we compared rapidly absorbable suture material (Vicryl Rapide TM or Irradiated Polygalactin 910) with non-absorbable suture material (Nylon or Polyamide) in patients with nonsyndromic congenital unilateral cleft lip. Aims: To compare the appearance and course of scar, wound infection and patient's parent perception between the two groups. Settings and Design: Randomized prospective controlled study. Methods and Material: 20 patients, in the age group of 3-18 months were randomly allocated to two groups with 10 patients each. Skin suturing was done with 6-0 Polyamide and 6-0 Irradiated polygalactin the respective groups. Patients were evaluated at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year postoperatively by the observer as well as by the patient's parent. Results and Conclusion: It was found that Vicryl Rapide showed poorer cosmetic outcomes regarding height and pigmentation of scar as compared to nylon sutures.However, this sample size and follow-up period is very small to generalize these findings.

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