Refractory eczematous dermatitis associated with retained suture material

Jeffrey A. Ascherman*, Catherine J. Hunter, David R. Bickers

*Corresponding author for this work

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We present a patient who developed a cutaneous-id reaction and eczematous dermatitis related to a residual Prolene suture following excision of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. Following a wider excision of the site, with removal of the retained suture material, the patient's symptoms dramatically improved. Although this reaction is rare, retained sutures should be considered a possible cause of a postoperative eczematous dermatitis that does not respond to standard therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-207
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006


  • Cutaneous-id reaction
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
  • Eczematous dermatitis
  • Prolene
  • Retained suture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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