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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 1, Issue 6, Pages 259-264
Clinical Study

Subcutaneous Tissue: To Suture or Not to Suture at Cesarean Section

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas 75235-9032, TX, USA

Received 21 December 1993; Accepted 25 April 1994

Copyright © 1994 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective: The null hypothesis for this investigation was that there was no difference in the frequency of wound disruption between women who had their subcutaneous tissues approximated with suture and those who did not during cesarean section.

Methods: During alternating months, consecutive women delivered by cesarean section either did (N = 716) or did not (N = 693) have their subcutaneous tissues closed with suture. All data were analyzed using chi square, Student's t-test, Fisher's exact probability test, analysis of variance, or logistic regression.

Results: A 32% decrease in the frequency of wound disruption was observed when subcutaneous tissues were brought into apposition with suture at cesarean section (P = 0.03).

Conclusions: Closure of Scarpa's and Camper's fascia with suture during cesarean section significantly decreased the frequency of wound disruption in this population.