Trick of the Trade: Nail Bed Repair With Tissue Adhesive Glue

Patients with fingertip injuries involving the nail bed typically present to the emergency department and require meticulous repair of the nail bed to prevent long-term cosmetic and functional disability. There are several methods to repair nail beds, typically involving absorbable suture, but maybe there is a faster way with similar cosmetic and functional outcomes.  Case A 28 year old, left handed female comes to your ED with a chief complaint of having her left thumb slammed in a car door.  She has no past medical problems or surgeries and no allergies to medications. Her injury is shown below: The patients finger was anesthetized with a 3 point ring block at the base of the thumb, and the nail was then removed.  There was also a small nail bed laceration that did require some absorbable sutures. After repair of the nail bed laceration, an 18 gauge needle was used to place 4 holes in the nail itself so that the The nail could be reinserted and secured with 4-0 vicryl sutures. But could there have been an alternative approach? Trick of the Trade: Nail bed repair with tissue adhesive glue Instead of sutures, tissue adhesive can be used for 2 purposes: Repairing a nail bed laceration Holding the nail in place The picture below shows an example of how the nail can be slid back into place and secured with glue. Evidence behind the trick Dermabond for nail bed laceration repair 1 What they did Prospective comparison of 2-octylcyanoacrylate (Dermabond; Ethicon Inc, Somerville, NJ) vs standard suture repair using 6-0 chromic 40 consecutive patients Outcomes Time to repair Cosmetic and functional outcomes at 1, 3, and 6 months Results Time to repair: 9.5 min (Dermabond) vs 27.8 min (standard suture repair) Infection rate: 1 patient (Dermabond) vs 0 … Continue reading Trick of the Trade: Nail Bed Repair With Tissue Adhesive Glue