Aug 122014

Compartment syndrome

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A condition in which there is swelling and increased pressure within a limited space (compartment) that presses on and compromises blood vessels, nerves and tendons that run through the compartment. Compartment syndrome commonly occurs in the leg or forearm, but can also occur in the arm, thigh, shoulder and buttocks. If untreated, compartment syndrome can cause necrosis of tissue in the compartment and eventually rhabdomyolysis or kidney failure.

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