How is a complex lip laceration examined and irrigated?

Updated: Aug 25, 2020
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Once the patient is anesthetized, inspect the wound carefully.

Gentle probing may be required to visualize through-and-through lacerations (see the image below).

Further inspection of the anesthetized wound revea Further inspection of the anesthetized wound reveals a through-and-through laceration.

Check for concurrent chipped, missing, or mobile teeth. [10] Tooth fragments may be lodged inside the wound and may serve as a nidus of infection if not removed. [11, 12]

Intraoral wounds are prone to considerable contamination; therefore, thorough irrigation is necessary. [13]

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