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The Polycompartment Syndrome: What’s all the Fuss About?

  • M. L. N. G. Malbrain
  • I. De Laet
  • J. De Waele

Abstract

A compartment syndrome exists when the increased pressure in a closed anatomic space threatens the viability of enclosed and surrounding tissue [1]. Within the body there are four major compartments: The head, the chest, the abdomen, and the extremities. Within each compartment an individual organ or a region with multiple organs can be affected by a compartment syndrome. Table 1 summarizes the different compartments and their related pathologies [2]. A compartment syndrome is not a disease; as such it can have many causes and can develop within many disease processes.

Keywords

Mean Arterial Pressure Compartment Syndrome Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Decompressive Craniectomy Intraabdominal Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. N. G. Malbrain
    • 1
  • I. De Laet
    • 1
  • J. De Waele
    • 2
  1. 1.Intensive Care Unit ZiekenhuisNetwerk AntwerpenAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Surgical Intensive Care UnitUniversity HospitalGhentBelgium

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