Knife Wound Evaluation
The evaluation of a stab wound begins with a medical history and physical examination.
Physical findings depend on the location and severity of the stab wound.
Physical findings in those with a stab wound include:
- Puncture wound
- Tenderness around the wound
- Swelling around the wound
- Numbness of the skin around the wound
Usually, tests are necessary to evaluate a stab wound. The types of tests depend on the severity and location of the stab wound.
Tests that may be used to evaluate a stab wound include:
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