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- 1.1. The incidence of postoperative wound separation in 7,903 consecutive laparotomies was 0.64 per cent.
- 2.2. Of the 50 cases, 49 had secondary closures.
- 3.3. A seasonal variation is shown in our series.
- 4.4. Multiple operations had been performed in 73.5 per cent of the cases.
- 5.5. In 55 per cent of the cases, the operation had lasted one and one-half hours, or longer.
- 6.6. Stay sutures of silkworm-gut or silver wire were used in 36.5 per cent.
- 7.7. The clinical picture in the noninfective cases suggests an allergic reaction.
- 8.8. The mortality following secondary closure was 34 per cent.
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