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Could it be possible a gunshot wound infection to appear after 10-11 hours?

Could it be possible a gunshot wound infection to appear after 10-11 hours?

Unlikely: Usually it would take 2 to 3 days before you see significant signs resulting from an infected wound. ...Read more

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Gunshot Wound (Definition)

Sounds trivial but that's all there is to it. A wound is a defect in the skin, many causes, obviously. Wounds from a bullet, pellet, piece of shrapnel, knife or even the end of a broken bone would be called penetrating wounds. There are other wounds not due to penetration, such as abrasions, wounds from poor blood supply, radiation, chemicals, burns, frostbite or ...Read more


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Why is a gunshot wound infection so deadly?

Why is a gunshot wound infection so deadly?

NotSoMuch: The severity of a gsw is related to the structures injured in the course of the bullet; there is nothing intrinsically dangerous about the bullet, which is actually sterile (in contrast to tv shows, we do not remove bullets unless they are in harms way). A wound infection is no more dangerous from a gsw than any other wound except for any foreign material present (clothing, etc). ...Read more

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Are gunshot wound infections always fatal?

Are gunshot wound infections always fatal?

Not any more: In the civil war, leg wound infections from gunshot wounds were so lethal that the best treatment was to cut the leg off. Today unless the bullet destroys a vital organ or blood vessel death from infection usually isn't a problem due to a variety of antibiotics and modern surgical techniques, but I still don't recommend getting shot! ...Read more

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I was wondering what are possible infections from a gunshot wound?

I was wondering what are possible infections from a gunshot wound?

Depends.: Most common would be skin bacteria like staph or strep entering the wound. But if the bowel was struck E. coli or other intestinal bacteria could dominate. ...Read more

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Which type of infection follows an untreated gunshot wound?

Velocity? Organs?: As dr. Miller points out the bullet or gun may not be clean and the presence of bacteria may depend on the velocity and energy of the bullet. However penetrating injuries to the bowel can cause devastating fecal soilage of wounds with fatal consequences. Other concerns include tetanus status. Your risk of infection is also related to your overall health and vulnerability and immune state. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are possible infections from a gunshot wound?

Many possibilities: Obviously, it depends what body part is injured. For example, a bowel injury would be quite high risk for infection. The same for a wound to a joint. A bullet that only struck on soft tissue (skin) would be lower, but depends on what caliber etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of infection follows an untreated gunshot wound?

Can you tell me what kind of infection follows an untreated gunshot wound?

Many possibilities: Many organisms can result from a gun shot wound. You would need an culture to determine the infective organism in order to select the appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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How can you treat a gunshot wound?

How can you treat a gunshot wound?

By going to hospital: Depends on the location and injury. Assuming you are not currently on the sidewalk bleeding out its probably a pretty good idea to see a doctor for that condition. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gunshot wound?

What is the definition or description of: gunshot wound?

Wound from a bullet: Sounds trivial but that's all there is to it. A wound is a defect in the skin, many causes, obviously. Wounds from a bullet, pellet, piece of shrapnel, knife or even the end of a broken bone would be called penetrating wounds. There are other wounds not due to penetration, such as abrasions, wounds from poor blood supply, radiation, chemicals, burns, frostbite or irritation from moisture, etc ...Read more

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What's a wound infection caused by?

What's a wound infection caused by?

Infection: A wound infection is caused by a bacterium. There are thousands of species of bacteria that we live with every day; a smaller subset are the culprits of wound infections. ...Read more

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What should I do about a wound infection?

With any: Infection, treatment in general is local treatment with adequate drainage and removal of dead tissue if necessary, and systemic treatment with antibiotics to control spread of infection to adjacent tissue. You should really consult your surgeon for specific advice. ...Read more

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What increases risk of a wound infection?

What increases risk of a wound infection?

Wound infection: Many factors which include: the type of wound; the circumstances in which the wound developed (especially traumatic wounds); the length of time that you had the wound; underlying illnesses like diabetes or poor blood flow; the lack of care of the wound. These are just a few of the major things that can increase the risk of a wound infection. ...Read more

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In what way is a severe wound infection treated?

In what way is a severe wound infection treated?

Antibiotics: The wound should be seen by a physician. It may need to be opened and drained to get rid of the source of the infection followed by wound care to allow good healing. Patients are usually initially started on antibiotics to help clear the infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get stitches for a gunshot wound?

Is it possible to get stitches for a gunshot wound?

Usually not: Usually bullet wounds are dirty. We usually leave them open to heal by secondary intention (from the inside out.). ...Read more

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How should I stop the bleeding from a gunshot wound?

How should I stop the bleeding from a gunshot wound?

Run/ drive to an ER: If you have active bleeding, you need to see a doctor right away. It can be life threatening, if not controlled quickly. Even otherwise a medical check up is a must otherwise complications, like Infections can follow. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Wound infection?

What is the definition or description of: Wound infection?

Colonization.: A wound is said to be infected when micro organisms have begun to colonize within the wound and have impeded the normal wound healing processes. This disruption of the wound healing can range from a delay in healing to a total breakdown of the wound. ...Read more

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Could you get cancer from a gunshot wound?

Could you get cancer from a gunshot wound?

Xtremely rare.: There are some cancers that can develop in scars of damaged skin but this would be rare. If concerned, see a surgeon. ...Read more

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Could someone get cancer from a gunshot wound?

Could someone get cancer from a gunshot wound?

No: Gunshot wounds do not give someone cancer.
Just make sure it heals well. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Bret Boyle
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Wound Infection (Definition)

A condition in which germs have got into the area where the skin is broken. There may be infection in a small area around the edge, or in the whole wound site, or spreading further. Surgical wound infections are also ...Read more