Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2011-200660
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Acute lumbar Morel-Lavallée haematoma in a 14-year-old boy

  1. Apostolos Bitzidis
  1. Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery Department, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catalin-Iulian Efrimescu, Unit 224, 3 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland; catalin_efrimescu{at}
  1. Contributors C-IE: elaboration of the article, photos, photo processing, article writing and literature research; JMcA: proof reading and article writing; AB: quality/scientific review.

  • Accepted 11 September 2011
  • Published Online First 19 October 2011

A 14-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with pain and swelling over the lumbar area after blunt trauma of his lower back 2 h previously (after falling from a horse).

On examination, there was a voluminous swelling (20×15 cm) over the lumbar area, overlying …

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