Home treatment can be used to care for a cut that is not deep
(superficial). A cut is deep if:
The deepest part of the cut is not
The cut is more than
0.25 in. (6.5 mm)
Fat, muscle, tendon, nerve, ligament, or bone tissue is
When there is a cut on the face, neck, chest, or abdomen, the depth
of the cut is very important to determine whether medical treatment is
Deep cuts are often caused from a sharp object piercing through the
Deep cuts that enter the chest or abdomen have an
increased risk of infection, internal bleeding, and organ damage.
Deep cuts to the chest may cause trouble
Deep cuts to the abdomen may cause the belly to
become tender or rigid.
Deep cuts in the neck may injure blood vessels or
Deep cuts to an extremity may injure underlying
tissues such as blood vessels, nerves, tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, or
When a deep cut has occurred anywhere on the body, watch for
signs of shock.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine