Degloving injury

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  • Severe avulsion injury resulting in skin and subcutaneous fat separating from the underlying tissues
  • Can present on any part of the body, but most commonly affects lower extremities
  • Often related to other severe injuries, including neurovascular damage, so the degloved tissue is often nonviable
  • Important to recognize quickly, as they are often associated with high morbidity/mortality

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Extremity trauma

Skin and Soft Tissue Infection



  • Clinical diagnosis, but important to assess for concomitant injuries
  • Assess distal neurovascular function


  • Surgical consult- will need debridement/repair and eventual skin grafting in OR
  • Antibiotics
  • Resuscitation with IVF/blood products


  • Admit

See Also

External Links



  1. Latifi R, El-Hennawy H, El-Menyar A, et al. The therapeutic challenges of degloving soft-tissue injuries. Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock. 2014;7(3):228-232. doi:10.4103/0974-2700.136870.