May also be called: Cut
An open wound of the elbow means a cut or break in the skin on an elbow. The wound might be minor and near the surface of the skin. Or it can be more serious, affecting deeper tissues of the elbow, such as tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, or bone.
Seek immediate medical attention if a wound won't stop bleeding, is more than an inch long, or appears to be deep or gaping. Doctors may try to close the wound with stitches, tape, or an adhesive glue.
Treat minor wounds at home with first aid. Deep, large, and dirty wounds need more care. (A "dirty" wound means a cut that germs have gotten into.) After a child receives medical attention for an elbow wound, follow instructions carefully to prevent infection and minimize scarring.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
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