Compartment Syndrome in Multiple Uninjured Extremities: A Case Report

Hoang, Chuong; Porter, John M.; Ursic, Caesar M.
February 2002
American Surgeon;Feb2002, Vol. 68 Issue 2, p127
Academic Journal
Compartment syndrome is a common problem in trauma patients. It can occur within any space bound by a dense fascial layer, such as the extremities or abdomen. It exists when increased tissue pressure within the limited anatomic space compromises perfusion. Failure to decompress the compartment leads to a self-perpetuating ischemia-edema process and resultant irreversible tissue damage. In the extremities, it typically arises from a vascular injury in that same extremity. Herein is reported a case of the unexpected development of compartment syndrome in multiple uninjured extremities in a trauma patient with hypotension requiring systemic vasopressors.


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