European Journal of Trauma

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 593–596

Degloving Injury

Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature
  • Dimitrios Antoniou
  • Alexandros Kyriakidis
  • Athanasios Zaharopoulos
  • Spiridon Moskoklaidis
Case Study

DOI: 10.1007/s00068-005-1059-3

Cite this article as:
Antoniou, D., Kyriakidis, A., Zaharopoulos, A. et al. Eur J Trauma (2005) 31: 593. doi:10.1007/s00068-005-1059-3

Abstract

Background:

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.

Conclusion:

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 

Copyright information

© Urban & Vogel München 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitrios Antoniou
    • 1
  • Alexandros Kyriakidis
    • 1
    • 3
  • Athanasios Zaharopoulos
    • 2
  • Spiridon Moskoklaidis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryGeneral HospitalAmfissaGreece
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryGeneral HospitalAmfissaGreece
  3. 3.AmfissaGreece

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