Degloving Injuries

Degloving Injuries: What are they?

Degloved hands or fingers are injuries which occur when the skin of your hand or finger is cut off from its bone. These types of injuries can be caused by sharp objects such as knives, scissors, etc., blunt force trauma like falls, burns, fire, electrical shock, etc., or even infections. They may also happen due to natural causes such as accidents and diseases.

What Are Their Symptoms?

The most common symptoms of a degloving injury include pain at the site of the wound, redness and swelling around it, numbness, tingling sensation and weakness. If left untreated these symptoms will eventually lead to loss of feeling in the affected area.

How Do You Diagnose Degloving Injuries?

A doctor can diagnose deg Loving Injury by performing an X-ray examination. A CT scan is also possible but not recommended since it requires specialized equipment. Other diagnostic tests such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and ultrasound are not usually necessary.

When Should You Seek Medical Help?

If you have any of the above symptoms then seek medical help immediately. If you do not feel well or if there is no sign of infection then wait until after the wound heals before seeking medical attention.

What Is the Treatment For Degloving Injuries?

There are two types of treatment for degloving injuries: non-operative and operative. The type of treatment that you will be required to undergo depends on a number of factors. These factors include your general health, the location and extent of the wound, the nature of the degloving injury, and other treatments previously used.

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