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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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Compartment Syndrome (Definition)

A painful and dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from internal bleeding ...Read more


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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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How do I know if I have compartment syndrome?

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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Is demyelination related to compartment syndrome?

Is demyelination related to compartment syndrome?

Yes and no: Demyelination refers to damage to a nerve that causes the myelin sheaths (which help conduct electricity faster along nerves) to either shrink or go away entirely, thus affecting the overall ability of the nerve to move signals along its length. Compartment syndrome refers to an acute condition of increased pressure in a confined space, normally the forearm or lower leg. It can injure nerves. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to surgery for exertional compartment syndrome?

Are there alternatives to surgery for exertional compartment syndrome?

Yes: Most physician would try these first before offering surgery. They usually include see a physcial therapsit. They would try techniques with stretching and going over the activities that trigger it. Also heat and iceing along with elcetrical stimulation therapy can help. ...Read more

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What are any alternatives to surgery for exertional compartment syndrome?

Modify activity: True exertional compartment syndrome will consistently be associated with the onset of pain when certain threshold of activity is reached. If this consistently comes on with running after certain distance cut down on mileage or choose alternative activity that keeps you below threshold of symptoms (cycling). Also be sure of diagnosis: requires measurement of compartment pressures after exertion. ...Read more

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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 built 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