Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wound Dehiscence Evaluation

The evaluation of wound dehiscence begins with a history and physical examination.

The diagnosis of wound dehiscence is made on physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a severe wound dehiscence include:

  • Tissue protrudes from the wound:
    • Fat
    • Muscle
    • Intestine

Tests that may be used to evaluate wound dehiscence include:

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Wound Dehiscence References
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  2. Webster C, Neumayer L, Smout R, Horn S, Daley J, Henderson W, Khuri S; National Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program. models of abdominal wound dehiscence after laparotomy. J Surg Res. 2003 Feb;109(2):130-7. [12643854]
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