Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Swollen Surgical Wound Underlying Cause

Causes of common post surgical wound complications include:

  • Wound infection:
    • Bacteria are normally present on the surface of the skin.
    • Usually, the bacteria are harmless because the surface of the skin acts as a protective barrier.
    • When this barrier is broken by a skin incision, bacteria can enter the skin beneath the surface and start to grow.
  • Wound dehiscence:
    • Skin is thin
    • Wound is injured
    • Staples fail
    • Stitches break
  • Allergic reactions:

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Swollen Surgical Wound References
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