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What is Dehiscence and Evisceration

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Updated May 27, 2014

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What Is Evisceration of a Surgical Wound

What is Evisceration?

Evisceration is a rare but severe surgical complication where the surgical incision opens (dehiscence) and the abdominal organs then protrude or come out of the incision (evisceration). Evisceration is an emergency and should be treated as such.

Evisceration can range from the less severe, with the organs (usually abdominal) visible and slightly extending outside of the incision to the very severe, where intestines may spill out of the incision.

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