In a previous post, I described the use of the half-buried horizontal mattress suture, or corner suture, for stellate lacerations. The video demonstrated the use of this technique for “Y”-shaped lacerations, but it can easily be adapted for other stellate lacerations as well.

For example, the apex of a “V”-shaped laceration may also be brought together using this technique:

The same technique can even be used for an “X”-shaped laceration:

As a matter of fact, any number of “corners” that converge on a single point can be closed with this useful technique. Give it a try on a practice pad, so you will be ready when this unusual but daunting situation comes up in patient care!