What are the essential characteristics of all suture materials?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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There are several fundamental and essential characteristics that all sutures should be manufactured to possess, as follows:

  • Sterility

  • Uniform diameter and size

  • Pliability for ease of handling and knot security

  • Uniform tensile strength by suture type and size

  • Freedom from irritants or impurities that would elicit tissue reaction

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