A 18-year-old female asked:
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i just cut my finger at work as at 11:30 pm et . it is now3:34 am et i wanted to know how i know whether to get stitches or not?

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Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Go to urgent care/ER: It's best to have a medical evaluation in urgent care or ER. The depth of the cut would be an important predictor of the need for stitches. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000043.htm , http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000498.htm
Answered on Sep 12, 2014

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