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I have a gash on my arm and I think it may need stitches, how will I know?

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Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If the wound edges

are gapped far apart or it won''t stop bleeding you need stitches or if the wound is deep.

In brief: If the wound edges

are gapped far apart or it won''t stop bleeding you need stitches or if the wound is deep.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Wound care

May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound.
If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention.See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711

In brief: Wound care

May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound.
If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention.See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711
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