, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 593-596

Degloving Injury

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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.