(Surgical Wound Dehiscence; Operative Wound Dehiscence)
by Catherine Duffek, MLS, MS
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.
Wound dehiscence varies depending on the kind of surgery you have. The following is a list of generalized causes:
Risk Factors TOP
Factors that may increase your chance of wound dehiscence include:
Wound dehiscence may cause:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine the surgical area. Tests may include the following:
Laboratory tests, such as:
Imaging tests, such as:
Treatment may include:
To help reduce your chance of wound dehiscence:
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Last Updated: 9/30/2013
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