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Diffuse Cutaneous Allergic Reaction to Dermabond

  • Joseph A. Ricci (a1), Nirav N. Parekh (a2) and Naman S. Desai (a3)

Abstract

Wound closure with 2-octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond; Ethicon, Somerville, New Jersey USA) has recently increased in popularity across a wide spectrum of physicians ranging from surgeons to emergency medicine practitioners. Generally, very few complications are associated with Dermabond and are usually related to application techniques. Uncommonly, patients present with allergic reactions to the adhesive compounds; these allergies are often misdiagnosed as cellulitis or another infectious process, and are incorrectly treated. This report describes a rare case of a diffuse cutaneous allergic reaction to Dermabond following its use to close a surgical incision, its prompt identification, and treatment after presentation to an emergency department.

RicciJA, ParekhNN, DesaiNS. Diffuse Cutaneous Allergic Reaction to Dermabond. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014;29(5):1-3.

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Correspondence: Joseph A. Ricci, MD Division of Plastic Surgery Brigham and Women's Hospital 75 Francis Street Boston, Massachusetts 02115 USA E-mail jaricci@partners.org

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Diffuse Cutaneous Allergic Reaction to Dermabond

  • Joseph A. Ricci (a1), Nirav N. Parekh (a2) and Naman S. Desai (a3)

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