What is a degloving injury?
Degloving refers to severe injuries where the top layer of skin and tissue are ripped from the underlying tissue and bone. Although this type of injury can occur to virtually any part of a person’s body, it most commonly takes place in the legs.
Another term for degloving is avulsion. This is often a life threatening injury because of the excessive amount of blood loss and tissue loss that likely occurs.
Degloving injuries can affect the:
- Shoulder blades
- Hip bone
Depending on the severity of injury and its location, degloving can have a considerable impact on a victim. In addition to being extremely painful, degloving presents a risk of blood loss and infection, as well as disfigurement and disability. Muscle and nerve damage may lead to paralysis and loss of muscle control in the affected area.
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Types of Degloving
There are two main types of degloving. Open degloving is where the skin and tissue has been ripped away and the muscle, bone, and tissue underneath is exposed. Closed degloving is when the underneath injuries are not visible. These are typically indicated by a bruise and are often more difficult for a doctor to diagnose.
Potential Causes of Degloving
Open degloving (where the tissue is ripped away, exposing muscle or bone) and closed degloving (where the skin is separated from underlying tissue without an outward laceration) can be caused by:
- Traffic accidents, including motorcycle, car, and truck accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Accidents involving industrial equipment or heavy machinery
- Animal bites, such as dog bites
- Falls from heights
Even with treatment, degloving may cause permanent scarring, paralysis, or problems with muscle coordination and control. Amputation may be required if the damage is too extensive.
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