Failure to Diagnose Compartment Syndrome
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Compartment syndrome is a very serious condition that is caused by increased pressure within a muscle compartment. If not promptly diagnosed and treated, it could lead to a decrease in blood flow, nerve damage, muscle death, organ damage or amputation of a limb.
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What Is Compartment Syndrome?
The arms and legs are made up of compartments. Thick layers of tissue, called fascia, separate the muscles, nerves and blood vessels. Underneath the layers of fascia are confined spaces called compartments. Because the fascia that surrounds the compartment does not stretch, any increased pressure within a compartment can squeeze or compress blood vessels, nerves, and muscles. If the pressure becomes too high, it can lead to a lack of blood or oxygen that can cause tissue injury or cell death. Compartment syndrome is usually seen in the lower leg and forearm, although it can also occur in the foot, thigh, hand, upper arm and abdomen.
Causes & Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome
Swelling that comes from trauma due to construction accidents, car accidents, soft tissue injuries, occupational injuries, crush injuries or fractures can lead to compartment syndrome.
Symptoms of compartment syndrome include the following:
- Severe Pain
- Decreased Sensation
- Burning Pain
- Decreased Movement
- Pale Skin
- Shiny Skin
Any patient that develops these symptoms after an injury should have the pressure measured within the compartment to diagnose or rule out compartment syndrome.
Treatment of Compartment Syndrome
If compartment syndrome is diagnosed, a patient may have to undergo a surgical procedure called a fasciotomy. This involves the surgeon making an incision to open up the compartment to relieve the pressure. Sometimes, the wound will be left open and covered with a sterile dressing for 48 - 72 hours and then closed with a skin graft. If a cast, splint or any other bandage is causing the compression, it should be removed or loosened to allow for swelling that will not compress the nerves, muscles and blood vessels.
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