Open wounds of the hand Discussion

Open wounds of the hand pose a number of potential problems, even if described as simple or superficial . Infection, injury to underlying structures, scar related deformity, chronic tenderness, or painful conditions affecting the entire hand and arm may follow. Treatment recommendations must take into consideration wound size, geometry, depth, location, duration, contamination, associated injuries, physiologic age of the patient, and patient cooperation as well as other factors. In general, stiffness is the most common single problem following treatment of a hand wound. Treatment must be highly individualized and prognosis is difficult to predict.

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