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Question: HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! BLEEDING STITCHES


 EFOLKEN - Sun Sep 21, 2003 5:13 pm

My younger brother (21) severly cut his arm this morning. (9/21/03)
two cuts in the forearm penetrating skin and muscle.
we went to the emergency room and had them closed up.
internal dissolvable stitches (for the muscle) and standard on the skin.
the doctor said some seepage would be normal, and if it bled through the dressing just put more over the top. 6 hours later it is still coming through the dressing. is this something that needs to be looked at?? like maybe today?? the er said not to change the dressing til the follow-up(removal of outerstitching).
really it just seems to be constantly bleeding through the dressing.
i would greatly appreciate any advice you can give

concerned brother
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Sep 22, 2003 3:27 pm

User avatar EFOLKEN,
Sorry for the delayed response. But I guess now we are in a better situation to tell whether this is seepage or bleeding. If it were a bleeder the amount of blood coming from the wound would quickly drench the dressing leaving no doubt whatsoever as to the seriousness of the situation. Thats all I can tell you really from here, given the limitations of the internet.

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