Morel-lavallée lesion in a professional american football player.

Matthew J. Matava, Evan Ellis, Nirav R. Shah, Douglas Pogue, Tyler Williams

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A Morel-Lavallée lesion is a relatively rare condition involving a closed, degloving injury to the pelvis, resulting in a blood-filled cystic cavity created by separation of the subcutaneous tissue from the underlying fascia. This injury typically occurs following high-speed trauma. We describe a case that occurred in a professional American football player who was treated with percutaneous decompression and evacuation of the hematoma. The player returned to playing football at the professional level 22 days after the injury without residual deformity or disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010


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