Morel-Lavallée lesion

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad A. ElBeialy


Trauma to the left hip with persistent subcutaneous swelling for three months

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

A left upper anterolateral thigh thick-walled lentiform cystic lesion is seen overlying the greater tuberosity of the femur, it demonstrates low T1 and bright T2/STIR signal intensity. The lesion is seen located deeply subcutaneous and splitting the superficial and deep layer of the deep fascia.  

The lesion shows small septations within, and shows a thick hypointense pseudocapsule enclosing it. Normal both hip joints. No joint effusion. No marrow signal abnormality. Intact periarticular hip musculature with no soft tissue mass lesion.

Case Discussion

Morel-Lavallée​ lesion of the left upper anterolateral thigh overlying the greater tuberosity of the femur secondary to closed degloving or shearing injury with splitting of the deep fascia between the tensor fascia lata and subcutaneous fat.

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Case information

rID: 23743
Published: 6th Jul 2013
Last edited: 27th Nov 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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