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Abrasions Evaluation

The evaluation of abrasions begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in those with abrasions may include:

  • Bone visible in the wound
  • Complete or partial loss of skin layers
  • Foreign body in the wound
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Tendons visible in the wound

Physical findings in those with an infected abrasion include:

Testing is not necessary to make the diagnosis of abrasions.

Tests that may be used to evaluate abrasions include:
  • X-rays of the abrasion to look for fracture or foreign body

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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