Physical Properties of Suture Materials Which Influence Wound Infection

  • B. Blomstedt
  • B. Österberg


It has been shown that suture materials increase susceptibility to bacterial infection in surgical wounds [1, 2]. Most investigations have been concerned mainly with the tissue’s resistance to early development of infection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Blomstedt
  • B. Österberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Sabbatsberg’s HospitalStockholmSweden

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