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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 172-176

Achieving hemostasis in dermatology-Part II: Topical hemostatic agents


Department of Dermatology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue Brooklyn, New York, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ravneet R Kaur
Department of Dermatology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue Brooklyn, New York
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.115509

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Bleeding is a common occurrence during any dermatologic surgery that disrupts blood vessels. The complications of excess bleeding can include delayed wound healing, hematoma formation, infection, dehiscence, and necrosis. In part one of this review, we discussed the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative management of patients undergoing dermatologic surgery. In Part two, we discuss traditional and new topical hemostatic agents used to achieve hemostasis in dermatological procedures and surgery. We will evaluate the caustic and non-caustic hemostatic agents as well as hemostatic dressings. The mechanisms of action, side effect profile, and advantages and disadvantages of the topical hemostatic agents are provided. Sources for this article were found searching the English literature in PubMed for the time period 1940 to March 2012. A thorough bibliography search was also performed and key references examined.


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