What are the differences between natural and synthetic sutures?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Natural sutures can be made of collagen from mammal intestines or from synthetic collagen (polymers). Tissue reaction and suture antigenicity lead to inflammatory reactions, especially with natural materials. [29, 30] Synthetic sutures are made of artificial polymers.


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