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Comparison of three suture techniques in closure of caprine skin incision: cosmetic and cost considerations

Adamu Abdul Abubakar, John Bayo Adeyanju, Raphael O. Chukudi Kene, Mohammad Legbo Sonfada, Abubakar Sadiq Yakubu, Umaru Adamu


The cosmetic and economic evaluations of three suture techniques were evaluated in closure of caprine skin incision. Fifteen apparently healthy male and female intact goats, free of any dermatological lesions were used for the investigation. They were randomly grouped into three; A (Subcuticular); B (Ford interlocking) and C (Simple interrupted). Cosmetic appearance of the surgical site was assessed on day 7, 14 and 21 post surgery using standard procedure as described by Sakka et al, 1995. There was statistical significant difference (P<0.05) in cosmetic appearance among the three groups at day 7 and 14, but there was no significant difference (P>0.05) at day 21 post surgery; in the entire scoring interval, subcuticular group had the best score. There was also statistical significant difference (P<0.05) in the three cost of suture materials used with the subcuticular suture pattern being the most economic. It was concluded that subcuticular suture patter gave the best cosmetic outlook and most economic in closure of caprine skin incision.

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