Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Stab Wounds 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:

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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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Stab Wounds References
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