Acute compartment syndrome

Symptoms of Acute compartment syndrome

Acute compartment syndrome Symptoms of acute compartment syndrome usually develop after an injury and get quickly worse. Symptoms can include:

  • intense pain, especially when the muscle is stretched, which seems much worse than would normally be expected for the injury ...
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Causes of Acute compartment syndrome

Acute compartment syndrome Acute compartment syndrome can be caused by:

  • a broken bone or a crush injury - this is the most common cause
  • a plaster cast or tight bandage being applied to a limb before it has stopped swelling
  • burns ...
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Diagnosis of Acute compartment syndrome

When to get medical advice It's important to get medical advice if you think you have compartment syndrome:

  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible if you think you have acute compartment syndrome ...
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Treatments: Acute compartment syndrome

Acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency and ideally needs to be treated in hospital within a few hours to avoid permanent damage to the muscles or nerves. Chronic compartment syndrome is much less serious, but it's a good idea ...1

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References

  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ compartment-syndrome/ 

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