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my son has compartment syndrome. what is it, in a nutshell?

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Dr. Arthur Christiano
23 years experience Sports Medicine
Trauma vs exertional: A muscle is "wrapped" in a layer of fascia and multiple muscles are encased in a compartment along with nerves/arteries. In comp.Syn., the pressure in the comp is too high and comp. Contents are being "crushed". Permenant/ irreversible damage can ensue. It is a surgical emergency.Typical cause is trauma. Exertional comp syn is a much milder version due to overuse, is benign, is treated non-surg.
Answered on Mar 17, 2019
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Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
excellent summary
Mar 13, 2012
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It could be bad: Compartment syndrome is a limb threatening and life threatening condition, defined as the compression of nerves, blood vessels, and muscle inside a closed space (compartment) within the body.[1] this leads to tissue death from lack of oxygenation due to the blood vessels being compressed by the raised pressure within the compartment. Compartment syndrome most often involves the forearm and lower.
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me help: A baker's cyst, also called a popliteal cyst, is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear. Both conditions can cause your knee to produce too much fluid, which can lead to a baker's cyst. Although a baker's cyst may cause swelling and make you uncomfortable, treating the probable underlying problem usually provides relief.
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let us help: This means that her cartilage and bone are inflamed in the joint.Knee or elbow.Please read below for more infomations, good luck and thank.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Sausage too tight: This lable is usually applied to the anterior & lateral lower leg, where the muscles are in a sleave like compartment. This compartment can become pressureized by swelling in the muscles & too much pressure will prevent blood flow.Early symptoms are pain & poor function. Rx may require surgery.A dr might use the term for another body region, but the idea is the same, pressure buildup/muscle injury.
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
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