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difference between open wound and ulcer

Melissa Posted Mon 14th of November, 2011 16:49:01 PM

Hi can someone explain what the difference between an open wound and an ulcer?
thank you

SuperCoder Answered Mon 14th of November, 2011 19:22:59 PM

There can be different ways to distinguish depending upon the anatomical site. Taking for an example in the context of Skin,
Open Wound: An injury, especially one in which the skin or another external surface is torn, pierced, cut, or otherwise broken.
Ulcer: Pathologically, a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane,accompanied by the disintegration of tissue,the formation of pus, etc.

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