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The tissue adhesive Histoacryl® consists of monomeric n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate, which polymerizes quickly in connection with tissue fluid.

Histoacryl® is available in two colors:

  • translucent, special for facial application
  • blue, which enables an easy control over the quantity applied in different indications approved.


Skin closure 

  • Decreased skin closure time compared to sutures [1-8]
  • Microbial barrier action [9-12]
  • Less pain than suture materials is expected [2]
  • Only 30 seconds of holding the wound edges are needed [13]
  • Storage at room temperature <22 ºC [13]


  • Indicated for bleeding esophagogastric varices and as a secondary prophylaxis in varices that have previously bled [14-39]
  • Final hemostasis is achieved in >90% of cases [14-16], [18], [20], [21], [24], [32], [34], [36-41
  • In gastric varices lower rebleeding rate than with band ligation is expected [17], [18], [20], [21], [27], [40-42]

Mesh fixation

  • Similar recurrence rate than with traditional fixation methods [43-51]
  • Stand-alone fixation method in different hernia repair techniques [43-47], [49-52]
  • Atraumatic method reported to be better tolerated by the patient than traditional fixation methods [43-49], [51], [52]
  • Low or similar intra- and postoperative morbidity compared to traditional fixation methods. [43], [45], [48], [49], [51]
  • Reduced risk of post-operative chronic pain compared to traditional fixation methods [43-49], [51]
  • Decreased surgery time compared to traditional fixation methods [45-48], [50]
  • Faster return to work compared to traditional fixation methods. [43], [45], [50], [53]
  • Lower or similar rate of infections related to Histoacryl than other techniques [43], [45-48], [54]
  • Only necessary to apply few small drops to the desired fixing sites. [55]
  • Can be used in laparoscopic and open hernia repair procedures. [46-53], [56-62]


  • Skin Closure: Closure of skin wounds without tension (including clean surgical incisions and incisions from minimally invasive surgery), and simple, thoroughly cleansed, trauma-induced lacerations.
  • Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy of large esophageal or fundal varices.
  • Mesh fixation: Fixation of hernia meshes, especially in inguinal hernia surgery.

Skin closure
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[2] Farion KJ, Russell KF, Osmond MH, Hartling L, Klassen TP, Durec T, et al.Tissue adhesives for traumatic lacerations in children and adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;2002(3):CD003326. 
[3] Göktas N, Karcioglu O, Coskun F, Karaduman S, Menderes A. Comparison of tissue adhesive and suturing in the repair of lacerations in the emergency department. Eur J Emerg Med. 2002;9(2):155-8.
[4] Dumville JC, Coulthard P, Worthington HV, Riley P, Patel N, Darcey J, et al. Tissue adhesives for closure of surgical incisions. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014;2014(11):CD004287. 
[5] Koonce SL, Eck DL, Shaddix KK, Perdikis G. A prospective randomized controlled trial comparing N-butyl-2 cyanoacrylate (Histoacryl), octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond), and subcuticular suture for closure of surgical incisions. Ann Plast Surg. 2015;74(1):107-10.
[6] Lloris-Carsí JM, Ballester-Álvaro J, Barrios C, Zaragozá-Fernández C, Gómez-De la Cruz C, González-Cuartero C, et al. Randomized clinical trial of a new cyanoacrylate flexible tissue adhesive (Adhflex) for repairing surgical wounds. Wound Repair Regen. 2016;24(3):568-80.
[7] Sun T, Liu S, Sun G. Application of Histoacryl Tissue Glue in Breast Surgery. IOP Conf Ser Mater Sci Eng 2019;562(1):012144.
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[10] Ranson JM, Amin K, Schechter EM, Kosutic D. Haemostatic property of cyanoacrylate in pedicled flaps. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2016;54(9):1046-7.
[11] Gilardi E, Piano A, Chellini P, Fiori B, Dolcetti L, Pittiruti M, et al. Reduction of bacterial colonization at the exit site of peripherally inserted central catheters: A comparison between chlorhexidine-releasing sponge dressings and cyano-acrylate. J Vasc Access, 2021;22(4):597-601.
[12] Internal Report_MDT medical device testing GmbH report / Project 12m020 / Determination of Microbiological Barrier Properties of Two Topical Skin Adhesives
[13] Internal Report_RDR/DID/CHM/SLE/19078 – Real Time Stability Study on Histoacryl® –22 ºC

[14] Lo GH, Lin CW, Perng DS, Chang CY, Lee CT, Hsu CY, et al. A retrospective comparative study of histoacryl injection and banding ligation in the treatment of acute type 1 gastric variceal hemorrhage. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2013;48(10):1198-204.
[15] Prachayakul V, Aswakul P, Chantarojanasiri T, Leelakusolvong S.  Factors influencing clinical outcomes of Histoacryl® glue injection-treated gastric variceal hemorrhage. World J Gastroenterol. 2013;19(15):2379-87.
[16] Kozieł S, Kobryń K, Paluszkiewicz R, Krawczyk M, Wróblewski T. Endoscopic treatment of gastric varices bleeding with the use of n-butyl-2 cyanoacrylate. Prz Gastroenterol. 2015;10(4):239-43.
[17] Holster IL, Tjwa ET, Moelker A, Wils A, Hansen BE, J. Reinoud Vermeijden, et al. Covered transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt versus endoscopic therapy+ β‑blocker for prevention of variceal rebleeding. Hepatology. 2016;63(2):581-9.
[18] Yang J, Na YJ, Song YJ, Choi OH, Lee SK, Kim HG. The effectiveness of laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) compared with conventional laparoscopic surgery for ectopic pregnancy with hemoperitoneum. Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2016;55(1):35-9.
[19] Jang WS, Shin HP, Lee JI, Joo KR, Cha JM, Jeon JW, et al. Proton pump inhibitor administration delays rebleeding after endoscopic gastric variceal obturation. World J Gastroenterol. 2014;20(45):17127-31.
[20] Kozieł S, Pawlak K, Błaszczyk Ł, Jagielski M, Wiechowska-Kozłowska A. Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Treatment of Gastric Varices Using Coils and Cyanoacrylate Glue Injections: Results after 1 Year of Experience. J Clin Med. 2019;8(11):1786.
[21] Chevallier O, Guillen K, Comby PO, Mouillot T, Falvo N, Bardou M, et al. Safety, efficacy, and outcomes of N-Butyl cyanoacrylate glue injection through the endoscopic or radiologic route for variceal gastrointestinal bleeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Med. 2021;10(11):2298
[22] Ayub M, Hussain S, Ahmed S. Histoacryl glue injection without lipiodol dilution and post sclerotherapy bleeding; prevalence among patients with upper GIT bleed. The Professional Med J. 2020;27(6):1182-6.
[23] Catron TD, Smallfield GB, Kang L, Sterling RK, Siddiqui MS. Endoscopic Cyanoacrylate Injection with Post-injection Audible Doppler Assessment of Gastric Varices: A Single-Institution Experience. Dig Dis Sci. 2017;62(11):3091-9.
[24] Tang RSY, Kyaw MH, Teoh AYB, Lui RNS, Tse Y-K, Lam TYT, et al. Endoscopic ultrasound guided cyanoacrylate injection to prevent rebleeding in hepatocellular carcinoma patients with variceal hemorrhage. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020;35(12):2192-201.
[25] Lee HA, Goh HG, Kim TH, Lee Y-S, Suh SJ, Jung YK, et al. Evaluation of treatment response after endoscopic variceal obturation with abdominal computed tomography. Gut Liver. 2020;14(1):117-24.
[26] Stein DJ, Salinas C, Sabri S, Onyeali R, Caldwell S, Henry Z. Balloon retrograde transvenous obliteration versus endoscopic cyanoacrylate in bleeding gastric varices: comparison of rebleeding and mortality with extended follow-up. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2019;30(2):187-94.
[27] Naga M, Wahba M, Okasha H, Farag A, El-Mazny A, Elbadri A, et al.  Comparative study of tissue adhesive therapy versus band ligation in control of actively bleeding esophageal varices. Acta Gastroenterol Belg. 2020;83(1):5-10.
[28] Korsic S, Stabuc B, Skok P, Popovic P. TIPS. endoscopic treatment for prevention of recurrent variceal bleeding: a long-term follow-up of 126 patients. Radiol Oncol. 2021;55(2):164-71.
[29] Lee HA, Chang JM, Goh HG, Kim TH, Lee Y-S, Suh SJ, et al. Prognosis of patients with gastric variceal bleeding after endoscopic variceal obturation according to the type of varices. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019;31(2):211–7. 
[30] Lôbo MRA, Chaves DM, DE Moura DTH, Ribeiro IB, Ikari E, DE Moura EGH. Safety and efficacy of EUS-guided coil plus cyanoacrylate versus conventional cyanoacrylate technique in the treatment of gastric varices: a randomized controlled trial. Arq Gastroenterol. 2019;56(1):99-105.
[31] Schultheiß M, Giesler M, Maruschke L, Schmidt A, Sturm L, Thimme R, et al. Adjuvant transjugular variceal occlusion at creation of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS): efficacy and risks of bucrylate embolization. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2019;42(5):729-36.
[32] Nasir MB, Mushtaq J, Amjad I, Tayyab GU, Haq IU, Rasool S, et al. Histoacryl® (N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate) injection mixed with olive oil for endoscopic treatment of gastric varices – an equally safe alternative. J. Fatima Jinnah Med Univ. 2018;12(3):102-5.
[33] Lo G-H, Lin C-W, Tai C-M, Perng D-S, Chen I-L, Yeh J-H, et al. A prospective, randomized trial of thrombin versus cyanoacrylate injection in the control of acute gastric variceal hemorrhage. Endoscopy. 2020;52(7):548-55. 
[34] Choe JW, Yim HJ, Lee SH, Chung HH, Lee YS, Kim SY, et al. Primary prophylaxis of gastric variceal bleeding: endoscopic obturation, radiologic intervention, or observation? Hepatol Int. 2021;15(4):934-45.
[35] Jesrani A, Awan RH, Memon LA, Nayab S. Outcome of patients treated with N-Butyl-2-cyanoacrylate in gastric variceal bleeding. Prof Med J. 2021;28(10):1463–9. 
[36] Carlin Ronquillo A, Bravo Paredes EA, Espinoza-Rios JL, Aguilar Sanchez V, Zegarra Chang A, García Encinas CA, et al. [Use of cyanoacrylate as a treatment of gastric varices in a public hospital in Lima - Peru]. Rev Gastroenterol Peru. 2019;39(3):246-51. 
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[39] Kamani L, Ahmad BS, Arshad M, Ashraf P. Safety of endoscopic N-Butyl-2 Cyanoacrylate injection for the treatment of bleeding gastric varices in children. Pak J Med Sci. 2018;34(6):1363-8.
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[42] Tan P-C, Hou M-C, Lin H-C, Liu T-T, Lee F-Y, Chang F-Y, et al. A randomized trial of endoscopic treatment of acute gastric variceal hemorrhage: N butyl 2 cyanoacrylate injection versus band ligation. Hepatology. 2006;43(4):690-7.

Mesh fixation
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[44] Testini M, Lissidini G, Poli E, Gurrado A, Lardo D, Piccinni G. A single-surgeon randomized trial comparing sutures, N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate and human fibrin glue for mesh fixation during primary inguinal hernia repair. Can J Surg. 2010;53(3):155-60.
[45] Kim-Fuchs C, Angst E, Vorburger S, Helbling C, Candinas D, Schlumpf R. Prospective randomized trial comparing sutured with sutureless mesh fixation for Lichtenstein hernia repair: long-term results. Hernia. 2012;16(1):21-7.
[46] Hoyuela C, Juvany M, Carvajal F, Veres A, Troyano D, Trias M, et al. Randomized clinical trial of mesh fixation with glue or sutures for Lichtenstein hernia repair. Br J Surg. 2017;104(6):688-94.
[47] Vega L, Oh-Uiginn K, Carmona D, Salazar D, Rodriguez R, Janafse H, et al. Cyanoacrylate mesh fixation in Lichtenstein inguinal hernia repair. Does it have advantages? Glob J Surg. 2019;7(1):1–4 
[48] Shukla A, Mathur RK, Sheikh Z, Jain V. N-Butyl-2-Cyanoacrylate Glue versus Suture for Mesh Fixation in Open Inguinal Hernioplasty. J Evol Med Dent Sci. 2019;8(48):3575–8. 
[49] Mathur DRK, Baghel DH, Pancholi DA. To evaluate the efficacy of N-butyl cyanoacrylate glue for mesh fixation in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. Int J Surg Sci. 2020;4(1):197–9.
[50] Juvany M, Guillaumes S, Hoyuela C, Bachero I, Trias M, Ardid J, et al. Results of a Prospective Cohort Study on Open Rives Technique of the Midline Incisional Hernia: Midline Closure and Mesh Overlap. Surg Innov. 2022;29(3):321–8.
[51] Yu CC, Chen YT, Huang CS, Chueh SJ, Lo CW, Tsai YC. A comprehensive study comparing tack and glue mesh fixation in laparoscopic total extraperitoneal repair for adult groin hernias. Surg Endosc. 2020;34(10):4486-93.
[52] Liew W, Wai YY, Kosai NR, Gendeh HS. Tackers versus glue mesh fixation: an objective assessment of postoperative acute and chronic pain using inflammatory markers. Hernia. 2017;21(4):549-54.
[53] Raafat A, Osman G. Histoacryl Glue versus Polypropylene Suture Mesh Fixation in Lichtenstein Inguinal Hernioplasty. Int. J. of Life Sciences, 2018;6(1):1-5.
[54] Kukleta JF, Freytag C, Weber M. Efficiency and safety of mesh fixation in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair using n-butyl cyanoacrylate: long-term biocompatibility in over 1,300 mesh fixations. Hernia. 2012;16(2):153-62.
[55] Internal Report_RDR/DID/CHM/SLE/21182 - Determination of Adhesive Strength – Mesh Fixation with Histoacryl 
[56] Habeeb TAAM, Mokhtar MM, Sieda B, Osman G, Ibrahim A, Metwalli A-EM, et al. Changing the innate consensus about mesh fixation in trans-abdominal preperitoneal laparoscopic inguinal hernioplasty in adults: Short and long term outcome. Randomized controlled clinical trial. Int J Surg. 2020;83:117–24. 
[57] Matikainen M, Aro E, Vironen J, Kössi J, Hulmi T, Silvasti S, et al. Factors predicting chronic pain after open inguinal hernia repair: a regression analysis of randomized trial comparing three different meshes with three fixation methods (FinnMesh Study). Hernia. 2018;22(5):813–8.
[58] Hoyuela C, Juvany M, Trias M, Ardid J, Martrat A. Incisional hernia prevention using a cyanoacrilate-fixed retrofascial mesh. Prevención de la hernia incisional mediante malla retrofascial fijada con cianoacrilato. Cir Esp (Engl Ed). 2018;96(1):35-40.
[59] Atlam KM, Moussa RH, Mlees AM, Elnemr AA. Evaluation of cyanoacrylate glue in mesh fixation in non-incisional ventral hernia. Med J Cairo Univ. 2019;87(September):3219–26.
[60] Matikainen M, Vironen J, Kössi J, Hulmi T, Hertsi M, Rantanen T, et al. Impact of mesh and fixation on chronic inguinal pain in Lichtenstein hernia repair: 5‐year outcomes from the Finn mesh study. World J Surg. 2021;45(2):459–64.
[61] Mateska TG, Kunst g, Cerni I, Pecovnik J, Omejc M. A comparison study of the efficacy of tacker mesh fixation, glue mesh fixation and no mesh fixation in transabdominal preperitoneal inguinal hernia repair. Coll Antropol. 2018;42(4):271-6. 
[62] Fouda E, Thabet W, Elsaid M, Emile SH, Elbaz SA. A randomized clinical trial of mesh fixation with cyanoacrylate glue compared to sutures in inguinal hernia repair. Int J Abdom Wall Hernia Surg. 2020;3:56-62