Extremity Compartment Syndromes

  • Roman Kosir
  • Andrej Cretnik


An extremity compartment syndrome develops when the tissue pressure within a limited space of the body reaches the point where the circulation, nerve function, and muscle function of that space are compromised. For this to occur, the compartment must have a relatively fixed space (i.e., enveloped by fascia) preventing inner tissue expansion and there needs to be a source of increased tissue pressure, either externally or internally.


Compartment Syndrome Posterior Compartment Local Blood Flow Intermuscular Septum Intracompartmental Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trauma DepartmentUniversity Clinical Center MariborMariborSlovenia

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