What are lacerations?

A laceration or cut refers to a skin wound. Unlike an abrasion, none of the skin is missing. A cut is typically thought of as a wound caused by a sharp object, like a shard of glass.

Lacerations tend to be caused by blunt trauma.


Although it can be obscured by blood, a cut is one of the easiest medical conditions to diagnose.


Diagnosis is made by physical exam.


Treatment involves stopping the bleeding, cleaning and dressing the wound. Deeper cuts may need stitches to stop bleeding and reduce scarring.

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