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Acute compartment syndrome of the dorsal forearm following noncontact injury.
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PMID:  20925169     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Acute compartment syndrome is a limb-threatening condition in which early diagnosis and surgical consultation for fasciotomy are required to preserve functional outcome. The diagnosis is typically considered in patients with traumatic mechanisms of injury such as a direct blow and crush to the compartment, particularly when there is a fracture in the same compartment. We report the case of a patient with acute compartment syndrome of the dorsal forearm that occurred as a result of an atypical noncontact traumatic mechanism. Establishing the diagnosis of compartment syndrome was complicated in this patient, as some of the signs and symptoms of acute compartment syndrome could have been attributed to the presence of a coexisting rupture of the extensor digitorum muscle. This report serves to remind emergency physicians that, although rare, acute compartment syndrome can result from exertional and noncontact traumatic mechanisms.
Brent Crawford; Sean Comstock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  CJEM     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1481-8035     ISO Abbreviation:  CJEM     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-06     Completed Date:  2011-02-03     Revised Date:  2011-10-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100893237     Medline TA:  CJEM     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  453-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic
Acute Disease
Compartment Syndromes / etiology*,  surgery*
Forearm Injuries / etiology*,  surgery*
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / etiology*,  surgery*

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