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Fixation of light-weight polypropylene mesh with cyanoacrylate-derived glues in a rat experimental model: histopathologic immunohistochemical and morphometric study

  • A. PoliEmail author
  • F. Parisi
  • F. Millanta
  • L. Solfanelli
  • P. García-Pastor
  • C. Magliaro
  • V. Miragliotta
  • S. Burchielli
Original Article
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  1. Experimental Hernia Surgery



The use of cyanoacrylate (CA)-based tissue adhesives for mesh fixation in abdominal hernia repair is increasing due to the fast action and bond strength of these glues. The aim of the present study was to assess tissue changes induced by different CA glues used for mesh fixation in an animal model.


Parietal defects were induced in the abdominal wall of 60 rats and repaired by polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) mesh fixation using different CA glues. At 1, 7, 15, and 30 days post-surgery, macroscopic and histopathological studies were performed to evaluate mesh adhesion, the presence of complications and the tissue response.


All meshes were successfully fixed without signs of inflammatory reaction, displacement or detachment. In areas where CA adhesives were applied, the acute tissue response was limited and transient. At 7 days post-surgery, collagen fibril production around prosthetic materials was observed, and collagen maturation was achieved at 30 days post-surgery. Good mesh incorporation was detected with all three glues, but the application of Glubran-2 was associated with an early macrophagic response and the early production and maturation of collagen fibrils.


Our study confirmed that CA tissue adhesives induced the good incorporation of prosthetic mesh within host tissue with a low incidence of complications and reduced acute tissue reaction. At 30 days post-surgery no signs of mesh disinsertion or migration were observed, the prosthetic mesh adhesion was due to the presence of a dense mature connective tissue rich in type I collagen fibres.


Hernia repair Tissue adhesives Cyanoacrylate glue Cellular response Collagen production 



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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Human and animal rights

All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the international ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

Ethical approval

Permission to conduct this experimental study (Authorization n. 755/2015-PR) was granted by the Italian Ministry of Health, in accordance with Italian Laws 26/2014 and Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

Informed consent

No informed consent was necessary for the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento Di Scienze VeterinarieUniversità Di PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento Di Medicina Clinica E SperimentaleUniversità Di PisaPisaItaly
  3. 3.Abdominal Wall Surgery Unit, Surgery DepartmentLa Fe University and Politechnic HospitalValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Centro Di Ricerca “E. Piaggio”Università Di PisaPisaItaly
  5. 5.Fondazione Toscana “Gabriele Monasterio” E Centro Di Biomedicina Sperimentale del CNRPisaItaly

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