Morel-Lavallee Lesions: A Non-Operative Case Series


Morel-Lavallee Lesions: A Non-Operative Case Series

Guy W. Nicolette1, Charlie Michaudet2, Bryan Pierce3

1Director, UF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Team Physician, UF Athletics 280 Fletcher Drive Gainesville, FL 32611-7500; 2Assistant Professor, Community Health and Family Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Team Physician, UF Athletics; 3Christi Clinic Family Medicine 1121 S Clifton Ave Wichita KS 67218


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In the late 1800’s, Morel-Lavallèe described a pattern of injury to the proximal thigh involving a fluid collection associated with a de-gloving type of injury. These injuries typically result from blunt trauma and falls. There is existing literature that suggests surgical management as primary treatment, although no rigorous controlled trials are found in English language medical literature. Non-surgical aspiration with sclerodesis is an option, however individual case reports suggest that using multiple aspirations without sclerodesis could be effective. This series illustrates that nonsurgical management (i.e. aspiration without sclerodesis) is a viable option for these injuries.


Keywords: Morel-Lavallèe, seroma, thigh injury, degloving, ultrasound, aspiration


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How to cite this article:
Guy W. Nicolette, Charlie Michaudet, Bryan Pierce. Morel-Lavallee Lesions: A Non-Operative Case Series. International Journal of Case Reports, 2018 3:53. DOI:10.28933/ijcr-2018-11-3006


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