Compartment syndrome of the dorsal aspect of the foot

FJ Bartolomei Edge Regional Medical Center, Troy, AL 36081.

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A second case of compartment syndrome affecting the dorsal aspect of the foot has been presented. The syndrome was arrested by fasciotomy. There were no permanent neurologic, vascular, or musculoskeletal sequelae. Although techniques exist to obtain quantitative measurements of intracompartmental pressure, the diagnosis rests heavily on clinical assessment. Practitioners who encounter trauma victims must recognize the symptoms of the condition and be familiar with the procedures necessary to interrupt it.