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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Compartment Syndrome (Overview)

In short the pressure in a muscular compartment increases due to swelling or bleeding which prevents the normal blood flow from returning to the heart you will initially get some numbness and tingling then severe pain and possibly permanent damage to the muscles in the compartment.


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My son has compartment syndrome. What is it, in a nutshell?

My son has compartment syndrome. What is it, in a nutshell?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
144 doctors shared insights

Compartment Syndrome (Overview)

In short the pressure in a muscular compartment increases due to swelling or bleeding which prevents the normal blood flow from returning to the heart you will initially get some numbness and tingling then severe pain and possibly permanent damage to the muscles in the compartment.


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Is it true that quick fatigue/cramping of a muscle in the leg compared to the other leg is a symptom of compartment syndrome?

Is it true that quick fatigue/cramping of a muscle in the leg compared to the other leg is a symptom of compartment syndrome?

Maybe: Exertional compartment syndrome is characterized by reproducible aching in calf often associated with foot tingling or numbness when exercising due to swelling of the muscle in the confined area the nerves and blood vessels go thru Measuring the pressure with a needle before and after exercise makes the diagnosis Surgery fixes it ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of compartment syndrome?

Compartment: Initially, significant pain and swelling within a confined muscle group. May have paleness, numbness, diminished pulse, less contractile muscle. Later may have atrophy & contractures with weakness. ...Read more

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Question diagnosis with compartment syndrome. Who do I see?

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Question diagnosis with compartment syndrome. Who do I see?

Orthopedics: An orthopedist (operative or non-operative) can evaluate you for compartment syndrome, testing the compartment pressures in your lower extremities. ...Read more

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