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European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 35, Issue 7, pp 489–494 | Cite as

The Morel-Lavallee lesion: a review and a proposed algorithmic approach

  • Sandeep Dawre
  • Shashank Lamba
  • Sreekar H
  • Soumya Gupta
  • Ashish Kumar GuptaEmail author
Review

Abstract

Morel-Lavallee lesions (MLL) are rarely diagnosed posttraumatic sequel. They follow closed degloving injuries due to accumulation of blood and debris in the subcutaneous plane. Though they are not uncommon, they are rarely diagnosed which results in delay in their treatment. Diagnosis is through a combination of clinical examination, history, and imaging studies. MRI is the diagnostic modality of choice. Different treatments have been used for their management like compression therapy, sclerosant injection, pulse lavage, and open debridement. These treatments have met with varying success. Treatment protocols vary when managing acute and chronic MLL. The knowledge of such lesions hastens their diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords

Morel-Lavallee lesion Closed degloving injury Effusion Extravasation Posttraumatic pseudocyst 

Notes

Conflict of Interest

None

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandeep Dawre
    • 1
  • Shashank Lamba
    • 1
  • Sreekar H
    • 1
  • Soumya Gupta
    • 1
  • Ashish Kumar Gupta
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryChristian Medical CollegeVelloreIndia

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