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This is a good question. I've not done a literature search on the subject of
mucosal lacerations, but it sounds like a very easy research project to
construct. With the number of lip lacs a busy ED sees, one could easily
create a small study of 10 patients in which the mucosal side is closed with
vicryl and 10 patients in which the lac is left open. Follow these up  in a
week and record the results. Then while this study is published as a
preliminary report continue collecting data and include 100 patients with and
100 without repair of the mucosal side of the lac. The study could be
accomplished within 2 years by an ED resident.
 
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