J Korean Soc Surg Hand.  2009 Mar;14(1):23-27.

Nailbed Repair using 2-octyl Cyanoacrylate (Dermabond(R))

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  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Anyang, Korea. drleeyb@hallym.or.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE: 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.
RESULTS
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.
CONCLUSION
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.

Keyword

Nailbed injury; 2-octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond(R))
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