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Question: Open laceration needing surgery

 little bit - Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:27 am

I have an open laceration in my foot I stepped on a toothpick and 3/4 of the
toothpick is in my foot, they opened it up in the er and I cant get in for
surgery for 10 days. Is it ok to be open for so long?? should I try to got to
another hospital?
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:08 pm

User avatar Hi,
The tooth pick has caused a penetrating trauma.Has it been removed? There are a couple of very important worries here.
- tetanus (it is a tetanus prone wound)and
- foreign body reaction(inflammation) and secondary infection.
I urge you to consult a surgeon without further delay.
Best wishes!

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