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Wound dehiscence

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This is an uncommon early postoperative complication affecting about 1% of abdominal wounds. It usually occurs about 1 week after an operation.

Dehiscence may be preceded by a pink serous discharge, following which the stitches of the wound actually pull out of the tissues. Though alarming, there is often little pain experienced by the patient.

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