Crush Injury and Extremity Compartment Syndromes
Purpose of Review
The purposes of this review are to define crush injury and crush syndrome and describe how it relates to extremity compartment syndrome. This review will also describe surgical interventions required once compartment syndrome has been identified and discuss the outcomes and complications of both timely and delayed surgical management.
The management of crush syndrome has evolved to push aggressive fluid resuscitation as early as feasible, including into the field. Developments regarding compartment syndrome are primarily exploring new tools to facilitate the early identification of compartment syndrome.
Two important and clinically relevant sequela of a crushing traumatic injury are crush syndrome and compartment syndrome. The outcomes of both syndromes are greatly improved with early recognition and treatment. There are several different clinical and diagnostic ways to identify compartment syndrome that can be tailored to the clinical setting; however, surgical intervention to release the compartments should be performed immediately once there is a high suspicion as waiting can lead to devastating consequences.
KeywordsCrush syndrome Compartment syndrome Crush injuries
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