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Compartment Syndromes

Conditions in which increased pressure within a limited space compromises the BLOOD CIRCULATION and function of tissue within that space. Some of the causes of increased pressure are TRAUMA, tight dressings, HEMORRHAGE, and exercise. Sequelae include nerve compression (NERVE COMPRESSION SYNDROMES); PARALYSIS; and ISCHEMIC CONTRACTURE. FASCIOTOMY is often used to decompress increased pressure and eliminate pain associated with compartment syndromes.

Year introduced: 1981

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Tree Number(s): C05.651.180, C14.907.303

MeSH Unique ID: D003161

Entry Terms:

  • Compartment Syndrome

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