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What happens if an open wound is not sutured?

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07/20/2011

Depends. If it's stopped bleeding, the main thing is that it'll take a lot longer to heal, and there's a bigger risk of infection until it has closed over. If it gets infected, a bad enough infection can kill you. Unless sutured, it'll also leave a much bigger scar when it finally heals. And as scar tissue isn't as stretchy as normal skin, it might end up affecting your mobility.