Percutaneous drainage of Morel-Lavallée lesions when the diagnosis is delayed

Percutaneous drainage of Morel-Lavallée lesions when the diagnosis is delayed

Can J Surg 2014;57(5):356-57 | PDF

Biao Zhong, MD; Chi Zhang, MD; Cong-feng Luo, MD

From the Orthopaedic Department, 6th People’s Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

Summary

Morel-Lavallée lesions are a closed internal degloving, and open débridement can damage the only remaining blood supply to the skin. We performed percutaneous draining and débridement to treat 8 patients in whom the diagnosis of Morel-Lavallée lesions was delayed more than 1 week. Here we discuss our treatment procedures and the outcomes in these 8 patients. We consider percutaneous drainage to be an effective treatment for patients with delayed diagnosis of Morel-Lavallée lesions.


Accepted for publication Mar. 19, 2014

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to writing and revising and to the conception and design of the manuscript and approved the final version submitted for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.034413

Correspondence to: C. Zhang, Orthopaedic Department, 6th People’s Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, 600 Yishan Rd., Shanghai, China, 200233; hydraliskrush@126.com