Abdominal Laceration Overview
What is an abdominal laceration?
A person with a laceration has a cut or tear, in the skin, caused by an injury. Lacerations may also involve structures that lie beneath the skin, such as muscle, tendon, blood vessels, and nerves. When the doctor evaluates an abdominal laceration, it will be important to determine the depth of the laceration, and the potential for injury to an internal organ.
What are the symptoms of an abdominal laceration?
The symptoms of a laceration include pain, bleeding, swelling, and bruising to the skin. Worsening redness, swelling, and tenderness around a laceration are signs of a skin infection, called cellulitis.
How does the doctor treat an abdominal laceration?
In the majority of cases, the treatment for a laceration includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and laceration repair. Additional treatment for lacerations may include a tetanus vaccine, antibiotics, and pain medications.