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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.