NC91/S81 Open wound of knee or lower leg



Open wound of the knee or lower leg is typically caused by an acute traumatic injury, such as a laceration from a sharp object, a puncture wound from a nail, or a deep cut from a fall. Other causes of an open wound may include a burn or a pressure sore.


Diagnosis of an open wound of the knee or lower leg is made by examination of the wound and evaluation of the patient’s medical history. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRI may be ordered to assess the extent of the injury.

Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis may include other conditions that cause open wounds, such as skin infections, ulcers, and neoplasms.


Treatment of an open wound of the knee or lower leg typically involves wound cleaning, antibiotics, and wound closure. In some cases, reconstruction surgery may be necessary.


The prognosis for an open wound of the knee or lower leg depends on the extent of the injury and the patient’s overall health. With proper treatment, most open wounds of the knee or lower leg heal completely.

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