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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Established 1994

ISSN 1328-925X


Volume 22 (10):905-913, 2018.

Cyanoacrylate glue tape versus silk suture microscopy of 10 and 15 day skin healing in sheep.


Shekho HA, Al-Hashmi SKH, Thanoon HB*.


Department(s) of Surgery, *Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tikrit, Tikrit-Iraq.




Shekho HA, Al-Hashmi, SKH, Thanoon HB., Cyanoacrylateglue tape versus silk suture microscopy of 10 and 15 day skin healing in sheep. Onl J Vet Res., 22 (10):905-913, 2018. We describe microscopy of silk suture versus cyanoacrylate glue tape for closure of ear wounds in sheep. Ewes under local anesthesia had right and left dorsal ears skin incised 3 cm in length. Incisions were stitched with conventional silk suture or glued with cyanoacrylate. Biopsies were taken for microscopy. Grossly, by days 10 and 15, in sheep sutured with silk, we observed scars, knots and prominent wound borders, delayed recovery and healing whereas in those treated with cyanoacrylate we found no scar formation, relatively rapid healing and recovery, and homogenous and symmetrical occlusions of wound borders. Microscopically, in sutured sheep by day 10 we observed polymorphonuclear and macrophage infiltrate (pus) and fibrosis, and by day 15, acanthosis, proliferation of connective tissue, vascularization and hypertrophy of dermis. In those treated with cyanoacrylate glue, we observed only deposition of collagen, fibroblastosis and vascularization in dermis with few or no inflammatory cell infiltrations. We find that cyanoacrylate provides excellent cosmetics in tissues where there is little tension compared with non-absorbable sutures. Authors submit images in support of their findings.


Keywords: silk suture, cyanoacrylate glue, wound, healing, microscopy, sheep.