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Abdominal Puncture Wound Overview

Another name for Abdominal Puncture Wound is Abdominal Injury.

What is an abdominal injury?
A person with a minor abdominal injury may only have bruising to the abdominal wall. A serious abdominal injury may damage one or more organs inside the abdomen. Severe injuries to the kidneys, liver, or spleen can be life threatening. Soft tissue abdominal injuries include stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

What are the symptoms of an abdominal injury?
The most common symptoms of an abdominal injury include abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness, and bruising of the abdomen. Internal injuries may cause bleeding inside the abdomen, leading to low blood pressure and shock.

How does the doctor treat an abdominal injury?
Most minor abdominal injuries can be treated at home with cold compresses and nonprescription pain medications. Internal bleeding may require emergency surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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