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Cuts or Lacerations (cont.)

Exams and Tests for Cuts and Lacerations

Your doctor will assess your cut by first taking a history. You should know the following facts:

  • When it happened
  • How it happened
  • Any problems, weakness or numbness you notice (such as if you can't move or feel a finger after a cut on the hand)
  • Any pre-existing medical conditions (if you have circulation problems or diabetes, you may require additional treatment to prevent infection)

Physical exam will include the following:

  • Separating the edges and looking at the wound
  • Testing nerve, artery, and muscle function
  • Checking for objects in the cut (such as embedded glass or wood)
  • Examining your overall condition (such as whether you are pale from blood loss or anxiety)

An x-ray may be ordered if foreign objects or an underlying broken bone is suspected.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/29/2016

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