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Penetrating Abdominal Injury
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A penetrating, or piercing, abdominal injury may tear, puncture, or damage an organ. These injuries are caused by an object that penetrates the skin, such as a gunshot or stab wound. They may also be caused by broken bones, shrapnel, or other pointed objects. Your pancreas, liver, spleen, kidneys, or bladder may be injured. These injuries may cause internal bleeding.
- Medicines can help decrease pain or prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
Care for your wound as directed.
You may need to carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your wound is red, swollen, and draining pus.
- Your pain does not go away, or it gets worse, even after treatment.
- You feel dizzy or are vomiting.
- You have trouble urinating.
- You have blood in your urine.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- You have a fast heartbeat.
- You have severe pain in your abdomen.
- Your abdomen is more swollen and firm.
- You are urinating little or none at all.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.