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Journal of the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand 2009;14(1):23-27.
Published online March 1, 2009.
Nailbed Repair using 2-octyl Cyanoacrylate (Dermabond(R))
Soo Joong Choi, Yong Beom Lee, Sang Hoon Paik
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Anyang, Korea. drleeyb@hallym.or.kr
Nailbed repair using fine 6-0 or 7-0 absorbable sutures can be technically demanding and time-consuming. We describe a simpler method of nailbed repair using 2-octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond(R)) topical adhesive. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen consecutive patients with nailbed injuries not involving the germinal matrix were repaired with Dermabond(R). There were 7 simple lacerations, 4 stellate lacerations and 4 severe crush injury according to Zook's classification. The appearance of the nail at twelve months was graded according to ridging, splitting, deformity, and sheen of the nail.

Nailbed repairs using Dermabond(R) took on average 3.2 minutes to complete. Six patients had excellent aesthetic results, Eight had good results, and one patient with a crush injury had a fair result. There were no complications.

Dermabond(R) is a useful tool for rapidly repairing acute nailbed injuries. The outcome of repairing injuries not involving the germinal matrix is similar to that expected for suture repairs of similar injuries.
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