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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 the contents in the affected compartment. It can cause permanent damage to nerves, muscles, skin, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Compartment Syndrome (Definition)

A painful and dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from internal bleeding ...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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How to know if I have compartment syndrome?

How to know if I have compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: The only reliable test is a Stryker device inserted into the compartment to measure intercompartmental pressure. The symptoms usually include pain, pallor, pulselessness, paraesthesias and paresis/paralysis and may need surgical decompression via fasciotomy. Done to preserve function by re-establishing blood flow and preventing muscle/nerve destruction. Obviously a potentially serious state. ...Read more

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Is compartment syndrome considered hereditary?

Is compartment syndrome considered hereditary?

No: There is no hereditary basis. It is an acquired problem. ...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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What sort of disorder is compartment syndrome?

Serious: Compartment syndrome is related to the pressures inside muscle groups, generally in the limbs. These muscles are grouped into large segments, and if the pressures inside them go up, it can cut off the venous or arterial blood flow, thus causing necrosis of the tissues. ...Read more

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What is compartment syndrome and is it common?

Can be serious: 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 or crush injury. It is not at all uncommon from trauma and following emergency vascular surgery on the legs. ...Read more

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How would you know if you have compartment syndrome?

How would you know if you have compartment syndrome?

From shin splint....: To more serious. Most exercise related shin splints can be managed with rest, your doc, as an outpatient. Traumatic or revascularization compartments require more urgent interventions and carry risk for limb loss. The pressure in the compartment, and the clinical findings of nerve dysfunction, ischemia also help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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What are the massage concerns for exertional compartment syndrome?

What are the massage concerns for exertional compartment syndrome?

Not sure: If what you mean by exertional compartment syndrome is what is colloquially known as 'shin splints' then you may experience that after massage. True compartment 'syndrome' would necessitate a surgical treatment known as fasciotomy which is unlikely caused by massage. ...Read more

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If I feel heavy, is there a possibility it is compartment syndrome?

If I feel heavy, is there a possibility it is compartment syndrome?

No. : Compartment syndrome is a compilation of symptoms that affect kidney, heart, lungs etc... Most patients with compartment syndrome are in the ICU in terrible condition. ...Read more

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What's traumatic compartment syndrome?

What's traumatic compartment syndrome?

High pressure: After trauma such as a broken bone the pressure in the "compartment" where the bone and muscle are contained can get very high because fluid and blood fill it. It can get so high as to cut off oxygen to the muscles and nerves which can die. It is an emergency that needs to be evaluated by a doctor for possible surgery to release the compartments. Failure to do so can cause loss of use of that limb. ...Read more

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How can compartment syndrome be preventable?

How can compartment syndrome be preventable?

NOT SO EASY: Compartment syndrome develops when there is extravasation of fluid in area that has "walls"that creates a closed compartment such that the extravasated fluid cannot spread further&it creates tension. When tension reaches a point where it ompromisesblood & nerve supply it becomes an emergency:the compartment syndr &needs to be surgically relieved. To prevent this md needs to make incisions/holes. ...Read more

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What is compartment syndrome in the calves?

What is compartment syndrome in the calves?

It is when there is : Pressure build up in a particular compartment. The leg has diffeent compartments that houses muscle, arteries, veins, nerves etc. it is dangerous in that the vessels get squeezed and can cause serious issues. The treatment usually involves released the pressure by a fasciotomy which opens up the compartment. ...Read more

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What does compartment syndrome of the leg feel like?

What does compartment syndrome of the leg feel like?

Surgical emergency : True compartment syndrome is a medical emergency! It is usually exquisitely tender, noted after a traumatic injury to an arm or leg. The affected area is very tense and firm, with absent pulses.
If there is concerned for compartment syndrome, you should be seen immediately by a doctor ...Read more

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My father has compartment syndrome. What should I tell him?

"ask your doctor": Is your father in the hospital? What part of the body has compartment syndrome? Can your father ask his doctor? Can you be with your father and ask questions? Ask the doctor what it means, and ask your father what he wants to know. ...Read more

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Is swimming good if you suffer from chronic posterior compartment syndrome?

Is swimming good if you suffer from chronic posterior compartment syndrome?

Yes as tolerated: If you can tolerate swimming, it is very good to build the damaged muscle, nerve from acute compartment syndrome (chronic is really a residual effect) speak to your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What are the problems after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

What are the problems after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

Fasciectomy: Fasciectomy/Fasciotomy does not really have many complications if it is performed correctly. As with any surgery, there is the possibility of nerve damage or vascular damage just from having the surgery, and any other post-operative complication. But, if the procedure is performed well and there are no surgical complications, there are few, if any problems after the surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have compartment syndrome and a herniated tibialis anterior?

Yes: Yes whatever trauma caused the herniation of the muscle could also cause compartment syndrome. Or herniation of the muscle could cause swelling of the muscle that leads to compartment syndrome. ...Read more

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What could cause complications after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

What could cause complications after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

Maily infection,skin: Infection is the most important complication for post op fasciatomy, because the tissue will be expose. Skin coverage is another problem we have post fsciatomy. ...Read more

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How effective is MRI at diagnosing compartment syndrome or chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

How effective is MRI at diagnosing compartment syndrome or chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: Is primarily a clinical, rather than an imaging, diagnosis. That said, MRI is very sensitive at detecting signs of compartment syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of a fasciectomy or a fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

What is the success rate of a fasciectomy or a fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

Fasc. done for acute: Fasciotomy done for acute cmpt. Syndr. When muscle viability at risk and cmpt pressure > 20 mmHg. For mild "Shin Splints" rest, elevation and icing is sufficient.
Remember fasciotomy caries about 25% decr. Leg strength post-op ...Read more

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What is the success rate of a fasciectomy or a fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

What is the success rate of a fasciectomy or a fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

Not sure: If what you mean by exertional compartment syndrome is what is colloquially known as 'shin splints' then you may experience that after massage. True compartment 'syndrome' would necessitate a surgical treatment known as fasciotomy which is unlikely caused by massage. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the success rate of a fasciectomy or fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

Compartment Syndrome: There is a great success rate for exertional compartment syndrome through Fasciotomy. If you don't have the fasciotomy, there will be chronic pain and the problem will significantly limit your ability to participate in activity. This problem may become worse, and may even be the cause of muscle and nerve damage, and can even result in partial or complete paralysis without treatment ...Read more

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Is the three cut incision the most minimal approach for anterior/lateral fascia release for exertional compartment syndrome?

Is the three cut incision the most minimal approach for anterior/lateral fascia release for exertional compartment syndrome?

Not realy : With exertional compartment depend on the measurement of the pressure we could make one incision or two incisions to release the compartments. ...Read more