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Should we glue lip lacerations in children?
  1. Jason Smith1,
  2. Ian Maconochie2
  1. 1Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine, Defence Medical Services
  2. 2Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK

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A 7 year old boy presents to the emergency department having fallen in the playground, sustaining a laceration to his bottom lip which crosses the vermilion border. You know that the potential uses of tissue adhesive in the paediatric population are increasing, and wonder if it may be used in these circumstances instead of the traditional method of formal suturing.

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In children who have sustained a lip laceration extending through the vermilion border [patient], is tissue adhesive [intervention] better than sutures [comparison] at reducing …

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