Chromic Gut

CHROMIC GUT Natural Absorbable Suture 18'' Length




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Chromic Gut sutures are absorbable sterile surgical sutures composed of purified connective tissue (mostly collagen) derived from the serosal layer of beef (bovine) or the submucosal fibrous layer of sheep (ovine) intestines.  They are packaged in a solution of 89% isopropanol, 10% water and 1% triethanolmine.  Chromic Gut is treated with a chromic salt solution.


The manufacturing of catgut raw material, consisting of long ribbons of highly selected serosal tissue, ensures:

•   Purity of collagen for optimal tensile strength and in vivo performance

•   Uniform treatment with a buffered chromium salt solution

•   Surface smoothness to facilitate knot run-down and knot strength


Chromic Gut sutures are indicated for use in general soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in ophthalmic surgery, but not in cardiovascular or neurological surgery.


The use of this suture is contraindicated in patients with known sensitivities or allergies to any of its components.  These sutures, being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissue is required.  Chromic Gut sutures are not suitable for cardiovascular or neurological surgical procedures.


Many factors may affect the rate of tensile strength loss.  These include:

•   Type of suture

•   Presence of infection

•   Tissue sites


Absorption of Chromic Gut sutures occurs by an enzymatic process similar to the digestion of an animal protein by the body.  Being enzymatic, the process is subject to different influencing factors (see above) and it is virtually impossible to indicate the exact designation of a consistent absorption time.




Chromic Gut is available in USP sizes 9-0 through 4 (metric sizes 0.4-8).  Chromic Gut is available with needles in one dozen boxes



CP MEDICAL Item Code Ethicon                                  Code and Material Color CP MEDICAL           Material Size Needle Length
1242CG Chromic Chromic Gut 6/0 NP-1 18"
1636CG 1636G    CHROMIC GUT Chromic Chromic Gut 5/0 NPS-3 18"
1637CG 1637G    CHROMIC GUT Chromic Chromic Gut 4/0 NPS-2 18"
1638CG 1638G    CHROMIC GUT Chromic Chromic Gut 3/0 NPS-2 18"
1654CG 1654G    CHROMIC GUT Chromic Chromic Gut 4/0 NP-3 18"
525CG Chromic Chromic Gut 3/0 NFS-2 18"
543CG Chromic Chromic Gut 5/0 NC-3 18"
546CG Chromic Chromic Gut 4/0 NC-3 18"
547CG Chromic Chromic Gut 4/0 NX-1 18"
558CG 1644G    CHROMIC GUT Chromic Chromic Gut 4/0 NFS-2 18"
687CG 687G       CHROMIC GUT Chromic Chromic Gut 5/0 NP-3 18"

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