Puncture wounds, finger

Hands | General Practice | Puncture wounds, finger (Disease)


A finger puncture wound is a puncture wound localized on the finger. Symptoms of a puncture wound include a laceration, with pain, swelling, numbness, redness, or bruising around the puncture wound. When the doctor evaluates an arm puncture wound it is important to determine if the wound penetrates a joint or has injured a blood vessel or a nerve.

Puncture wounds have a higher risk for infection than abrasions and lacerations. Additional findings may include pus draining from the wound, or a wound foreign body.

Causes and Risk factors

A person with a puncture wound has an opening through the skin, caused by a sharp object. The object pierces the skin and enters the tissue beneath the skin surface.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Treatment for a puncture wound includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and exploration of the wound. Additional treatment may include removal of a wound foreign body, wound repair, antibiotics, or tetanus vaccination. A severe puncture wound may require surgery to repair damaged tissue.