Whats 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.
Elevated pressure. In the body, muscles are separated into different compartments and covered with fascia. If there is trauma to the compartment, the swelling and pressure in the compartment becomes elevated. The increased pressure impedes blood flow out and into the compartment. If the injury is acute, emergency surgical release of the compartment may be required or the muscle may die.

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Whats 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...

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...
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. Read more...

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...
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. Read more...

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...
Acute 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...

Hows 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...
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 or crush injury. Diagnosis is often made clinically (by history and exam). If there is doubt, we measure the pressures directly in the compartment with a catheter hooked to a manometer. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...
There are 2 types. The 2 types of compartment synd. Include traumatic & exercise induced. The first occurs after a significant injury where swelling within the limb gets so bad that blood flow to the tissue is compromised. It is a surgical emergency and needs to be addressed asap. The exercise type is way different. It happens after exercise & resolves short after stopping. Long term, it might need surgery. Read more...
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. Read more...