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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Wound dehiscence was present in 20% in group 1 and 10% in group 2 on the 3rd post-operative day with increased relative risk with interrupted X.
Wound dehiscence is associated with the method of closure of abdomen and the sutures used.
Despite this, wound dehiscence occurred in seven (10%) patients treated with Limberg flaps in this study.
Caption: Figure 2: Anterior abdominal wall gangrene with complete wound dehiscence.
There is no significant difference in wound dehiscence (p > 0.05).
In one case report, 3 weeks of vacuum-assisted wound closure resulted in healing of a 10-cm wound dehiscence that occurred 5 days following a forceps-assisted vaginal delivery with a mediolateral episiotomy.
Guimond et al also experienced, low incidence of wound dehiscence and plate exposure with 3D plates in comparison to Champy's miniplate.
Adekeye10, however, attributed the wound dehiscence observed in his study to contamination of surgical site by the attending mothers.
Table 1: Distribution of the patients according to gender Sex Number of cases % Male 16 80 Female 4 20 Total 20 100 Table 2: Distribution of the patients according to different age groups Age (years) Number of cases % 21-40 7 35 41-60 12 60 61-80 1 5 Total 20 100 Table 3: Post-operative complications in both type of surgeries Postop complications Open, n (%) Laparoscopy, n (%) Wound infection 3 (15) 1 (5) Wound dehiscence 1 (5) 0 (0) Morbidity 2 (10) 0 (0)
and gynecologic oncology, they have use in the management of postoperative superficial wound dehiscence from routine surgery and in the management of the open abdomen.
However, use of the Shang Ring also has some drawbacks: more time is required for wound healing, patients must endure pain for 7 to 16 days until the ring can be removed, and wound dehiscence is relatively common after the ring is removed because the procedure is sutureless.
Total morbidity was 33/148 which is just 2.32% which included wound infection 24 incomplete lung expansion two Re-opening two Anastomotic leak two and wound dehiscence three.