Case Study

European Journal of Trauma

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 593-596

First online:

Degloving Injury

Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature
  • Dimitrios AntoniouAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, General Hospital
  • , Alexandros KyriakidisAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, General Hospital Email author 
  • , Athanasios ZaharopoulosAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopedic Surgery, General Hospital
  • , Spiridon MoskoklaidisAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopedic Surgery, General Hospital

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Degloving is a potentially serious injury in which an extensive area of skin is torn from its underlying attachments and thereby deprived of its blood supply.

Case Study:

Two cases of degloving injury are described, one occurring as a result of the shearing effect of a vehicle wheel passing over the limb in a run-over accident and one caused by a ring of the fourth-hand finger. The degloved skin must be grafted with the help of plastic surgery either by removing the subcutaneous fat from the damaged skin and applying it as a free graft or by taking a graft from elsewhere.


Degloved skin is dead and should be replaced as if it were a free skin graft. A number of plastic surgical procedures are available at the moment.

Key Words

Degloving trauma Tissue injury Skin Plastic surgery