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September 1976

Tibial Compartment Syndromes in Burn Patients: A Report of Four Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and the Shriners Burns Institute, Cincinnati Unit.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(9):1004-1008. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360270076014

• Anterior and posterior motor compartment syndrome have been observed in four burn patients. Recognition was difficult because of multiple concurrent problems, including burns and thrombophlebitis of the involved extremities. Early fasciotomy was performed in one case, with good return of function. Muscle necrosis occurred in two patients in whom diagnosis was delayed. Electromyography is of benefit in confirming the diagnosis and providing follow-up management. It is important to maintain a high index of suspicion of this syndrome in patients with overlying burns.

(Arch Surg 111:1004-1008, 1976)

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