Ernest Ruiz Pathophysiology
Compartments... at ..Risk Upper, Extremity
Compartment syndromes are serious and often insidious problems that must be considered in the emergency department (ED) on a frequent basis. The incidence of compartment syndromes overall is unknown, but the conditions that can cause it are myriad and common. Early diagnosis and treatment are curative, whereas delay results in permanent and severe disability. An understanding of the pathophysiology and the early signs of the process is crucial if an emergency physician is to intercede appropriately. Compartment syndromes occurring in the limbs are the subject of this chapter.
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