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Can intermittent pneumatic compression cause compartment syndrome?

Authors
  • Nouh, Thamer1
  • Alsabahi, Tareq2
  • Altoijry, Abdulmajeed3
  • Altuwaijri, Talal3
  • 1 Department of Surgery, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Unit, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2 Department of Surgery, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 3 Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Publisher
Medknow Publications
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
12
Issue
3
Pages
488–490
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4103/sja.SJA_191_18
PMID: 30100856
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report a case of a 32-year-old male patient who developed unilateral lower-limb compartment syndrome following a long surgical procedure during which intermittent pneumatic compression was used as deep-venous thrombosis prophylaxis. This complication of surgery is associated with significant morbidity. Previously published reports have suggested the possible risk factors and a way to reach a diagnosis at an early stage. The possible risk factors we present are the long operative time and the use of intermittent pneumatic compression as deep-vein thrombosis prophylaxis. These findings could be used to raise awareness in early diagnosis and treatment.

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