Degloving – What Is Degloving Injuries and Its Types and Causes?

Here are some of the things you should know about degloving, a traumatic injury.

DEGLOVING – These are the types, causes, and treatments of a traumatic injury called degloving that you probably don’t know yet.

Injuries refer to the damages obtained by either accident, hits, falls, weapons, or others. The common types of injuries are abrasions, lacerations, hematomas, broken bones, joint dislocations, sprains, strains, and burns.

Degloving Injuries
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And in worst cases, many people have experienced degloving – a traumatic injury which is also called avulsion. This happens when the top layer of the skin gets detached or torn away from the muscle, connective tissue, or bone underneath it. Oftentimes, this injury is very serious and life-threatening.

These are the incidents and circumstances that can cause this:

  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Sports mishaps
  • Animal bites
  • Falls from heights
  • Construction accidents

This injury has two types – open and close. The open type is when the muscles and bones get exposed or the skin is just partially attached and appears flapping close to the wound.

The closed one is a much more complicated type because even though the top skin is already detached from the tissues, it remains intact.

The closed type usually happens in the top of the hip bone, torso, buttocks, lower spine, shoulder blades, and knees.

According to a post from Healthline, traffic accidents, accidents with industrial or farm equipment, falls from heights, sports injuries, and animal bites are usually the cause of open avulsion.

Treatment may depend on the severity of the damage and the location. The less severe can be treated with skin grafts or skin flaps while the severe ones may require reconstructive surgery or worst, amputation.

It may also lead to the loss of too much blood which can cause danger in your life. Apart from blood loss, it may also result in the death of tissues and can be accompanied by broken bones.


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