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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Compartment Syndrome (Overview)

A painful and dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from internal bleeding or swelling of tissues.


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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

Dr. Peter Ihle
146 Doctors shared insights

Compartment Syndrome (Overview)

A painful and dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from internal bleeding or swelling of tissues.


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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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What are the symptoms of chronic exertional compartment syndrome? Also what tests can be done to diagnose the syndrome?

What are the symptoms of chronic exertional compartment syndrome? Also what tests can be done to diagnose the syndrome?

Pain with exercise: Generally below the knee. Can be tested with a compartment monitor and a tread meal. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have compartment syndrome?

How do you know if you have compartment syndrome?

Pain: Compartment syndrome produces extreme dibiltating pain in the leg associated with swelling. If it progresses it will cause loss of blood supply and possible permanent nerve injury. It is always an emergency situation and requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Could frequent / multiple surgeries cause compartment syndrome anterior tibialis? Is it possible to have had this and it not be acute? Any treatments

Yes, but...: Really need more info. There is something called exercise induced compartment syndrome that is a chronic problem, but if he multiple operations were on the leg, or associated with prolonged periods of low blood pressure or an aortic aneurysm or dissection, it could happen anyway. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My sister has compartment syndrome. What does this mean?

Leg swelling/pain: The muscles of the extremities are compartmentalized or occupy spaces of a finite volume anything anything which increases the pressure within these compartments (swelling of muscle, bleeding, persistent external compression, a mass, etc) can impair blood flow into the compartment. This is experienced as pain as the muscle is deprived of oxygen. ...Read more

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How is compartment syndrome in the legs treated?

How is compartment syndrome in the legs treated?

Surgery: If simple it can be treated with rest and elevation. If severe with vascular and neurological compromise then surgery to open and decompress the muscle compartments. ...Read more

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Can surgical treatment totally cure compartment syndrome?

Can surgical treatment totally cure compartment syndrome?

Yes and no: A full blown compartment syn. Tissue death is proceeding and it depends how fast surg is done. In impending compartment syn there is a typical injury crushing, tibial fx of high energy, oa a leg pinned under a weight 4 a while ur physical xam & experience says go 2 or now, if done be4 the pressure 2 high it can be cured. ...Read more

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Are there non surgical treatments for exercise induced compartment syndrome?  is there a way to stretch or grow the compartment?  

Are there non surgical treatments for exercise induced compartment syndrome?  is there a way to stretch or grow the compartment?  

No: Compartment syndrome of the quads and calfs are the most common muscles affected. Releasing the pressure quickly saves muscle death and can prevent kidney damage. The fascia surrounding the swollenmuscle is not elastic and needs to be cut as soon as possible. Pain and numbness are a bad sign but there are rare instances where very close observation may avoid surgery. ...Read more

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If I play softball and I have compartment syndrome what should I do to prevent having surgery?

See below: First of all confirm that you have a cs by c. Pressure studies (post exercise even). From the sound of it, you might have a chronic comp. Syndrome. If that's the case then it might help to gradually increase your physical activities. This may probably prevent having surgery. If you have cs at this young age, the surgical option might be a good one, for longterm results, though. ...Read more

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What's compartment syndrome?

CS: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It results from pressure on those tissues, often from fracture, crush injury or lack of blood flow to the tissue. ...Read more

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What is compartment syndrome?

Elevated pressure: Our limbs have compartments within which nerves, vessels and muscles are housed. After an injury, bleeding within a compartment can increase the pressure and compress all structures. Nerves are the first to be compromised and damage can be irreversible. It's an emergency and the compartment (s) have to be released asap, preferably within hours of injury. ...Read more

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Is compartment syndrome really bad?

Is compartment syndrome really bad?

Yes: Compartment syndrome can causes ischemia, or lack of adequate blood flow to all of the contents in the affected compartment. It can cause permanent damage to nerves, muscles, skin, etc. ...Read more

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What's chronic compartment syndrome?

What's chronic compartment syndrome?

Same as exertional: Chronic compartment syndrome is the same as exertional compartment syndrome. It is when the pressure from the muscle compartment in the shin is high. It causes pain in the front of the shin after activity or exercise and it typically is relieved after rest. Some patients report numbness and tingling to the front of the foot as well. It can be experienced in any kind of sport that involves running. ...Read more

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How's a compartment syndrome diagnosed?

How's a compartment syndrome diagnosed?

Measure pressure: Facial planes in the extremities limit the spread of swelling to separate compartments. If the pressure becomes excessive the function of nerves and blood vessels in the compartment will dysfunction which may result in specific symptoms and signs. The diagnosis and the need for surgery can be determined by direct pressure measurement. ...Read more

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What makes compartment syndrome unique?

Pain: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It is the degree of pain that is unique. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about compartment syndrome?

Swelling causes. ..,: Increased pressure in a compartment (of the leg, for example) from trauma, surgery, fracture, etc. W/ resultant swelling, bleeding may lead to impairment of blood flow to the extremity. Acute compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency requiring fascial compt. Release. Early symptoms can be non-specific (numbness, inc. Pain).If there is any suspicion of acs compt. Pressures should be measured. ...Read more