Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Hand Puncture Wound Overview

What is a hand puncture wound?
A person with a puncture wound has an opening through the skin, caused by a sharp object. The object pierces the skin and enters the tissue beneath the skin surface. When the doctor evaluates a hand puncture wound it is important to determine if the wound penetrates into a joint or has injured a blood vessel or a nerve. Puncture wounds have a higher risk for infection than abrasions and lacerations.

What are the symptoms of a hand puncture wound?
Symptoms of a puncture wound include a laceration, with pain, swelling, numbness, redness, or bruising around the puncture wound. Additional findings may include pus draining from the wound, or a wound foreign body.

How does the doctor treat a hand puncture wound?
Treatment for a puncture wound includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and exploration of the wound. Additional treatment may include removal of a wound foreign body, wound repair, antibiotics, or tetanus vaccination. A severe puncture wound may require surgery to repair damaged tissue.

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