Reinforcement of surgical adhesive strips

J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1986 Sep;12(9):904-5, 908. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1986.tb02128.x.


Surgical adhesive strips are often used for closure of some wounds or to minimize tension on sutures after closures. The package insert of the type most commonly used (Steri-Strip), indicates that the application of compound tincture of benzoin, U.S.P. (CTB) increases strip adhesion. The increase in adhesive power by CTB was compared with a preparation containing gum mastic (Mastisol). The study clearly demonstrated that the latter preparation provided a markedly more adhesive strength than that obtained with CTB.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adhesiveness
  • Bandages*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Mastic Resin
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology
  • Resins, Plant / pharmacology
  • Styrax
  • Suture Techniques


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