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Suture Care (cont.)

Physician Diagnosis

If the wound with the suture develops signs or symptoms of an infection (pus develops, red streaks, becomes warm red and swells), the doctor may make one of several diagnoses.

  • Cellulitis: Local infection of the skin
  • Abscess: Deeper infection of the wound with a collection of pus-like material
  • Dehiscence: Separation of the wound edges, primarily due to infection
  • Foreign body: An infection from debris or dirt remaining in the wound and not removed earlier
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014
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