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Morel-Lavallée's syndrome

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Degloving injury of an extremity after a crush injury. The skin and subcutaneous fat is totally separated from muscle, creating a cavity filled by bloody serous liquid (Morel-Lavallée's serous effusion). Occurs frequently in patients with pelvic fractures.


  • V-.A.-F. Morel-Lavallée:
    Traumatismes formés aux membres inférieurs. Thesis; Paris, 1848.
  • Décollements traumatiques de la peau et des couches sous-jacentes.
    Archives générales de médecine, Paris, 1963, sixth series, volume 1: 20-38, 172-200, 300-332.
  • Épanchements traumatiques de sérosité.
    Archives générales de médecine, Paris, 1853.
  • D. J. Hak, S. A. Olson, J. M. Matta:
    Diagnosis and management of closed internal degloving injuries associated with pelvic and acetabular fractures: the Morel-Lavallée lesion.
    The Journal of Trauma, Baltimore, 1997, 42:1046.
  • Pierre G. Vico:
    Morel-Lavallée syndrome.
    European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2000, 23 (1): 45-48.

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