Compartment Syndrome - Complications

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What are the complications of compartment syndrome?

Left unrecognized or untreated, the complications of acute compartment syndrome are irreversible. As swelling increases and muscle loses its blood supply, cells eventually die and muscle necrosis occurs. Complications include:

  • muscle scarring, contracture and loss of function of the limb;
  • infection;
  • amputation;
  • permanent nerve damage; and/or
  • rhabdomyolysis and kidney damage.

Complications due to chronic or exercise induced compartment syndrome are rare but may include any of the above, especially if the person requires surgery to alleviate the chronic condition.

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Comment from: milogram, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I got a staph infection in the hospital following fasciotomy surgery. I can no longer make a fist, raise my wrist/hand, bend my fingers I have contracture. My thumb pulls inward, my hand is permanently disabled, and I almost needed amputation.

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Comment from: Naomi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

My compartment syndrome was an acute event related to an eight inch blood clot in my right upper arm from 24 years of hormone therapy. My arm lost circulation immediately and I had horrible pain. It took five hours for the medical professionals to start a treatment to dissolve the blood clot and re-establish circulation which caused the need for a fasciectomy and nerve damage. Wind on my arm makes me want to vomit. Even after physiotherapy the muscle strength is very poor. Picking up a cup of coffee is a strain. The tingling and burning has finally subsided. I cover my arm with a runner's sleeve. It helps the nerve pain tremendously.

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