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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

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Dr. Peter Ihle
145 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


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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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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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