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WOUND, med. jur. This term, in legal medicine, comprehends all lesions of the body, and in this it differs from the meaning of the word when used in surgery. The latter only refers to a solution of continuity, while the former comprises not only these, but also every other kind of accident, such as bruises, contusions, fractures, dislocations, and the like. Cooper's Surgical Dict. h.t.; Dunglison's Med. Dict. h.t.; vide Dictionnaire des Sciences Medicales, mot Blessures 3 Fodere, Med. Leg. Sec. 687-811.
     2. Under the statute 9 Geo. IV. c. 21, sect. 12, it has been held in England, that to make a wound, in criminal cases, there must be "an injury to the person by which the skin is broken." 6 C. & P. 684; S. C. 19 Eng. C. L. Rep. 526. Vide Beck's Med. Jur. c. 15; Ryan's Med. Jur. Index, h.t.; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 652; 19 Eng. Com. L. Rep. 425, 430, 526, 529; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 1 Moody's Cr. Cas. 278; 4 C. & P. 381; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 430; 4 C. & P. 446; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 466; 1 Moody's Cr. C. 318; 4 C. & P. 558; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 526; Carr. Cr. L. 239; Guy, Med. Jur. ch. 9, p. 446; Merl. Repert. mot Blessure.
     3. When a person is found dead from wounds, it is proper to inquire whether they are the result of suicide, accident, or homicide. In making the examination, the greatest attention should be bestowed on all the circumstances. On this subject some general directions have been given under the article Death. The reader is referred to 2 Beck's Med. Jur. 68 to 93. As to, wounds on the living body, see Id. 188.

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Comparison of interrupted versus continuous closure in abdominal wound repair: a meta-analysis of 23 trials.
It is necessary to perform additional larger studies for standardization of the technique of closure of abdominal wound after midline laparotomy has been undertaken.
Following complications were noted: secondary haemorrhage (blood loss > 500 mls or urgent need for blood transfusion in post-operative period), paralytic ileus (silent bowels 24 hours after surgery in the absence of signs of peritonitis or bowel injury), peritonitis (abdominal distension with signs of peritoneal infection), abdominal wound infection (purulent wound discharge).
Three days after surgery, the horse showed a serosanguineous collection above the abdominal wound and a moderate purulent discharge from the skin incision that were managed with daily manual massage and local disinfection.
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Although the incidence of abdominal wound infection and dehiscence has markedly reduced over the years but the condition has not been eliminated from the list of complications of abdominal surgery.
The incidence of persistent pain at the abdominal wound at two months was 14.
A penetrating abdominal wound should be bandaged normally, taking care not to apply the dressing too tightly.
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