Using tissue adhesive for wound repair: a practical guide to dermabond

Am Fam Physician. 2000 Mar 1;61(5):1383-8.


Dermabond is a cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive that forms a strong bond across apposed wound edges, allowing normal healing to occur below. It is marketed to replace sutures that are 5-0 or smaller in diameter for incisional or laceration repair. This adhesive has been shown to save time during wound repair, to provide a flexible water-resistant protective coating and to eliminate the need for suture removal. The long-term cosmetic outcome with Dermabond is comparable to that of traditional methods of repair. Best suited for small, superficial lacerations, it may also be used with confidence on larger wounds where subcutaneous sutures are needed. This adhesive is relatively easy to use following appropriate wound preparation. Patients, especially children, readily accept the idea of being "glued" over traditional methods of repair.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraindications
  • Cyanoacrylates / adverse effects
  • Cyanoacrylates / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Sutures / adverse effects
  • Wounds and Injuries / surgery*


  • Cyanoacrylates