Catgut: A Historically Revered and Gold Standard Suture for Toughness and Tenacity

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Dr. Mahesh Gupta
Dr. Phagun Shah
Dr. Jinesh Modi
Dr. Sheela Mane


Despite recent advances and availability of novel materials, it appears that catgut suture will continue to be used for many years to come as no study has yet identified the ideal suture. In this work, we review the properties, clinical performance and safety profile of catgut in diverse surgical fields. Evaluation of catgut sutures in clinical studies suggest that it offers ease of handling with superior tensile strength & flexibility at low cost. Given its long safety history, catgut suture seems to be the logical choice for repair in pediatrics, gynaecology & obstetrics, oral and general surgeries.

Keywords: Catgut; Sutures; Absorbable suture; Pediatrics; Obstetrics & gynaecology; Oral and general surgeries.

Published May 22, 2020

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