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Skin Injury

What is an avulsion?

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    An avulsion is a serious soft-tissue injury. It happens when a portion of the skin, and sometimes other soft tissue, is partially or completely torn away.



    This type of injury often damages deeper tissues, causing significant bleeding. Sometimes a violent force may completely tear away a body part, including bone, such as a finger. This is known as an amputation.

    With amputations, sometimes bleeding is easier to control because the tissues close around the vessels at the injury site. If there is a violent tearing, twisting or crushing of the extremity, the bleeding may be hard to control.
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