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Puncture Wound (cont.)

Puncture Wound Diagnosis

The evaluation is based on a thorough history of what caused the puncture wound and the circumstances surrounding the event. The doctor will ask about the time from injury to evaluation, type of object that caused the injury, an estimate of the depth of penetration, inspection of the object if available, and whether or not footwear was worn if the injury is to the foot.

  • Patients will be asked about the date of their last tetanus shot.
  • X-rays may be taken as needed, to look for any possibility of an object left behind in the puncture wound or to assess any damage to the underlying bone.
  • Ultrasound may also be performed.
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