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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 3967587, 3 pages
Case Report

Ultrasound Utility in the Diagnosis of a Morel-Lavallée Lesion

1University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
2Emergency Physicians Medical Group, 2000 Green Road No. 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA
3Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
4Departments of Emergency Medicine and Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to John Burkhardt; ude.hcimu@rahkrubj

Received 13 September 2016; Accepted 16 January 2017; Published 1 February 2017

Academic Editor: Henry David

Copyright © 2017 Scott LaTulip et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Morel-Lavallée lesions are uncommon injuries that can be associated with significant comorbidities if not detected early. Rapid diagnosis in the Emergency Department could significantly improve patient outcomes. We describe the diagnosis of such a lesion through the use of ultrasound imaging in the Emergency Department to utilize a fast, cost-effective imaging technique that does not subject the patient to radiation exposure. Our patient received surgical consultation but improved with conservative management. Ultrasound findings associated with this lesion do not require specialized equipment and should be considered when evaluating soft tissue lesions using point of care ultrasound.