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Can you tell me what is compartment syndrome?

Can you tell me what is compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: The muscle groups of the arms and legs are divided into sections, or compartments, formed by tough fascial membranes. Compartment syndrome occurs when increased pressure within a compartment compromises the delivery of blood and function of the tissues within that space. It can occur following acute trauma, or chronically, as seen in athletes. Acute compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Compartment Syndrome (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How do I know if I have compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: The hallmark signs of acute/early compartment syndrome are: -pain out of proportion to the injury -firmness of the muscle compartment -pain with squeezing of the compartment -pain with passive stretch of the muscles in the compartment -decreased sensation this is a surgical emergency and without emergent decompression can cause loss of limb function. ...Read more

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How is compartment syndrome diagnosed in kids?

Same as adults: History of injury, symptoms, clinical exam and intracompartment pressure measurements. This is the same for children and adults. ...Read more

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Do you have information on compartment syndrome?

2 kinds: Compartment syndrome can occur in legs or arms and often requires opening of the facial layer (tough material around muscles to reduce pressure in muscles before permanent damage occurs. Abdominal compartment syndrome is when pressure in abdomen is high and organs start malfunction. Opening the abdomen is sometimes the only treatment and can be life-saving. ...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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Is it true that compartment syndrome is hereditary?

No: Compartment syndrome related to trauma, post surgery not genetically related ( not hereditary ) exercise stress related compartment , fascia will not yield and allow the built up of pressure inside causing the syndrome as family members have similar body , but not reported as familial ( yet). ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of exertional compartment syndrome?

What are some symptoms of exertional compartment syndrome?

Pain: Discomfort and pain in the legs and feet are most common. Typically occurs after running or performing an activity for a set amount of time. Will get better after stopping activity. You may also have numbness and tingling in the legs/feet. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: compartment syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: compartment syndrome?

See below: 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. ...Read more

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Whats traumatic compartment syndrome?

Whats 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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