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Wound Dehiscence

(Surgical Wound Dehiscence; Operative Wound Dehiscence)

Definition

Wound dehiscence is the parting of the layers of a surgical wound. Either the surface layers separate or the whole wound splits open. This is a serious condition and requires care from your doctor.

Causes

Wound dehiscence varies depending on the kind of surgery you have. The following is a list of generalized causes:
Wound Infection
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Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing wound dehiscence.

Symptoms

If you experience one or more of these symptoms in the surgical area, contact your doctor.

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine the surgical area. Tests may include the following:

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with wound dehiscence, follow your doctor's instructions .

Prevention

RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home.html

American College of Surgeons http://www.facs.org

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Association of Wound Care http://www.cawc.net

The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca

References

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DeCherney AH, Nathan L. Current Obstetric & Gynecologic Diagnosis & Treatment . 9th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2003.

Dorland WN. Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary . Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders, Harcourt Health Sciences; 2005.

Porter RS. The Merck Manual of Medical Information Home Edition . 2nd ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories; 2004.

Schwartz S, Brunicardi F, et al. Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery . 8th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2007.

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