The postoperative use of wound adhesives. Gum mastic versus benzoin, USP

J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1992 Nov;18(11):990. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1992.tb02771.x.


Our results, combined with the work of previous authors, show that gum mastic not only offers superior adhesive qualities compared with benzoin, USP but also has a lower incidence of postoperative contact dermatitis and subsequent skin discoloration. In light of the widespread use of surgical adhesives, this study is important in documenting the low incidence of complications and the advantages of gum mastic compared with benzoin, USP.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mastic Resin
  • Middle Aged
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Resins, Plant / administration & dosage*
  • Resins, Plant / adverse effects
  • Styrax
  • Surgery, Plastic*
  • Tissue Adhesives* / adverse effects


  • Benzoin Gum
  • Mastic Resin
  • Plant Extracts
  • Resins, Plant
  • Tissue Adhesives