Diffuse cutaneous allergic reaction to dermabond

Joseph A. Ricci, Nirav N. Parekh, Naman S. Desai

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Wound closure with 2-octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond; Ethicon, Somerville, New Jersey USA) has recently increased in popularity across a wide spectrum of physicians ranging from surgeons to emergency medicine practitioners. Generally, very few complications are associated with Dermabond and are usually related to application techniques. Uncommonly, patients present with allergic reactions to the adhesive compounds; these allergies are often misdiagnosed as cellulitis or another infectious process, and are incorrectly treated. This report describes a rare case of a diffuse cutaneous allergic reaction to Dermabond following its use to close a surgical incision, its prompt identification, and treatment after presentation to an emergency department.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-548
Number of pages3
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 4 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • allergy
  • cellulitis
  • contact dermatitis
  • Dermabond
  • wound closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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