Open wounds of the wrist or hand are usually caused by a traumatic event, such as blunt force trauma, lacerations, or puncture wounds. They can also occur from burns or exposure to chemicals.
To diagnose an open wound of the wrist or hand, a healthcare provider will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. The healthcare provider will look for signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, and swelling. The wound may also need to be cultured to look for the presence of bacteria.
Differential diagnosis for an open wound of the wrist or hand include ganglion cysts, tendonitis, sprains, and fractures.
Treatment of an open wound of the wrist or hand depends on the severity and extent of injury. Minor wounds may only need to be cleaned and bandaged. More severe wounds may require antibiotics, surgery, or physical therapy.
The prognosis for an open wound of the wrist or hand depends on the severity and extent of the injury. Most minor wounds heal with minimal scarring and no long-term complications. More severe wounds may require more intensive treatments and have a higher risk of infection and scarring.