Wound dehiscence is the parting of the layers of a surgical wound. Either the surface layers separate or the whole wound splits open. This is a serious condition and requires care from your doctor.
Wound dehiscence varies depending on the kind of surgery you have. The following is a list of generalized causes:
Factors that may increase your chance of wound dehiscence include:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine the surgical area. Tests may include the following:
Laboratory tests, such as:
Imaging tests, such as:
Treatment may include:
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Last reviewed September 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Donald W. Buck II, MD
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