Dehiscence

DEFINITION:
Wound dehiscence is a surgical complication in which a wound breaks open along surgical suture[1]. Due to various factors, such as infection, poor healing, diabetes, failure of the material used to close the wounds, etc, the wound that has been surgically closed may reopen or come apart leaving an open wound[2].

SYMPTOMS:
Symptoms of wound dehiscence include separation of the wound edges, and redness or swelling of the skin around the wound. Additional symptoms may include fluid draining from the wound, or tissue protruding from the wound[2]. The pain at the surgery site generally increases (or pain related to pressure around the site). The patient might also experience fever (>38C)[3]


[1] ^ a b c d e "Wound Dehiscence (Surgical Wound Dehiscence; Operative Wound Dehiscence)". EBSCO Industries. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
[2] FreeMD, Wound Dehiscence - Overview, http://www.freemd.com/wound-dehiscence/overview.htm, page viewed 2012-06-08.
[3]EGGER, M. and GEISSMANNB, D., "Fièvre et signes inflammatoires chez l’opéré",Forum Med Suisse, 2011, p.701-706.

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