Wound dehiscence is a surgical complication whereby there is rupture of a wound along the surgical scar (dehiscence, refers to "splitting open"). This may occur on the skin surface, or along a deeper suture line.
The main radiographic features will be of associated inflammatory change and disruption of normal anatomy (although following surgery, anatomy is often disrupted from its normal appearance). Where dehiscence follows thoracoabdominal surgery, there will often be additional gas within the soft tissues (which does not necessarily indicate infection).
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- fluid collection
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