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Compartment Syndrome
Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What are the symptoms of Compartment Syndrome?

Symptoms of acute compartment syndrome develop within a few hours of injury. These include:

  • Severe and continuous pain in an arm or leg
  • Absence of sensation, feelings of numbness in an arm or leg
  • Bruises, swelling, tightness in an area

Symptoms of chronic compartment syndrome are usually related to extreme exertion of the body. These usually subside when the individual rests. Some common symptoms include:

  • Intense pain 
  • Tingling and/or burning sensations 
  • Stiffness in the arm or leg
  • Difficulty in moving the legs
  • Muscle bulging

Symptoms and Complications of Compartment Syndrome

What are the complications of Compartment Syndrome?

An untreated condition may cause certain complications such as:

  • Muscle scarring
  • Severe infection
  • Amputation of the arm/leg
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Muscle breakdown
References: 
  • Compartment Syndrome: Pain Management. WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/compartment-syndrome-causes-treatments Accessed on June 11, 2020.
  • Compartment Syndrome. Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/compartment-syndrome Accessed on June 11, 2020.
  • Compartment Syndrome. Medicine Net. Available at: https://www.medicinenet.com/compartment_syndrome/article.htm Accessed on June 11, 2020.
Disclaimer:
“The content of this publication has been developed by a third party content provider who is clinicians and/or medical writers and/or experts. The information contained herein is for educational purpose only and we request you to please consult a Registered Medical Practitioner or Doctor before deciding the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.”

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