NA00.00/S00.0 Abrasion of scalp



Abrasion of the scalp is most commonly caused by a direct force or impact to the head, resulting in a scraping or rubbing of the skin. It can also result from contact with rough surfaces or objects, or from a chemical burn.


Abrasions of the scalp are usually diagnosed by physical examination. The wound is inspected for any evidence of lacerations or foreign bodies, and the area may be palpated to assess the extent of the injury.

Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnoses for scalp abrasions include lacerations, contusions, chemical burns, and scalp infections.


Treatment for scalp abrasions is usually supportive. The wound should be gently cleansed with soap and water and covered with a sterile dressing. A topical antibiotic ointment may be applied to the wound to prevent infection. If the abrasion is deep, sutures may be needed to close the wound.


The prognosis for scalp abrasions is generally good, particularly if the wound is treated promptly and properly. Most abrasions heal within a few days with minimal scarring.

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