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Reaction to suture

I had a procedure done that required me to have absorable sutures placed in the back of my head. One end of the suture line has developed a raised area on the skin that resembles a knot. Is this a normal reaction.
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Absorbable sutures placed near the surface of the skin can spit out.  These sutures absorb as a result of an inflammatory reaction that sometimes produces a "stitch abscess" that forces the suture to come out through the skin.  This may explain what is occurring to you.  See your surgeon to evaluate your situation.
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