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Common How to suture exam questions for medical finals, OSCEs and MRCP PACES



Question 1.

Give an example of each of the following types of suture: Absorbable Monofilament; Absorbable Braided; Non-absorbable Monofilament; Non-Absorbable Braided

  • Absorbable Monofilament: Catgut; PDS™ (Polydioxanone); Monocryl™ (Polycaprone Glycolide); Maxon™ (Polyglyconate)
  • Absorbable Braided: Vicryl/Vicryl Rapide™ (Polyglactin 910); Polysorb™ (Lactomer 9-1)
  • Non-absorbable Monofilament: Nylon™ (eg Ethilon); Prolene™ (Polypropylene)
  • Non-Absorbable Braided: Silk; Ethibond™ (braided polyester)


Question 2.

When should sutures be removed from the face, hands/feet, trunk (approximately)?

  • Face 5-7 days
  • Hands/Feet 10-14 days
  • Trunk 7-14 days