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Penetrating Abdominal Injury

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a penetrating abdominal injury?

A penetrating abdominal injury may tear, puncture, or damage an organ. These injuries may cause internal bleeding.

What are the signs and symptoms of a penetrating abdominal injury?

How is a penetrating abdominal injury diagnosed?

Tests may be used to check your organs and tissues for injury, bleeding, or other problems. Some of the tests use contrast liquid to help the area show up better in pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.

How is a penetrating abdominal injury treated?

Your healthcare provider will watch you closely to see if your injury is mild and your condition is stable. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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