How should running subcuticular sutures be placed in reference to suturing techniques?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A running subcuticular suture is a buried form of a running horizontal mattress suture. It is placed by taking horizontal bites through the papillary dermis on alternating sides of the wound (see the image below). No suture marks are visible, and the suture may be left in place for several weeks.

Subcuticular stitch. Skin surface remains intact a Subcuticular stitch. Skin surface remains intact along length of suture line.

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