Seven surgical silicones retain Staphylococcus aureus differently in vitro

Carla Renata Arciola, Elisabetta Cenni, Roberto Caramazza, Arturo Pizzoferrato

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In an in vitro study, we have quantitatively evaluated the capability of seven different types of silicone to retain a Staphylococcus aureus strain, isolated from a surgical wound. All the silicone specimens were taken from prostheses already used in plastic or ophthalmological surgery. Two polymers were used as controls: polystyrene, because of its known capability to favour in vitro bacterial recovery, and nylon, for its bacterial repellence. The results show that all silicones are suitable substrata for Staphylococcus aureus. However, there are some differences among silicone types. The amounts of bacteria retained from silicone oils are greater than or equal to those obtained from the positive control material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-684
Number of pages4
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • biomaterial-associated infection
  • Silicones
  • staphylococci

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering


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