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Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome

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Title: Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
Author(s): Hutchinson, Mark R.; George, Christopher A.
Subject(s): Chronic exertional compartment syndrome Leg pain in athletes Fasciotomy compartment pressure
Abstract: Chronic exertional compartment syndrome is a relatively common, but often overlooked cause of leg pain in athletes. A careful history and physical examination is essential in the diagnosis of CECS. Affected individuals have recurrent, activity-related leg pain that recurs at a consistent duration or intensity and is only relieved by rest. Measurement of baseline and postexercise compartment pressures confirms the diagnosis and helps in the planning of treatment. Surgical treatment with fasciotomy of the involved compartments is successful in allowing patients to return to full activity levels. With surgical treatment, it is critical to address all affected compartments as well as releasing any fascial defects, both of which may cause recurrent symptoms if neglected. With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, excellent outcomes can be achieved and allow athletes to return to full, unrestricted activity levels.
Issue Date: 2012-04
Publisher: WB Saunders
Citation Info: George, C. A. & Hutchinson, M. R. 2012. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 31(2): 307-319. doi:10.1016/j.csm.2011.09.013
Type: Article
Description: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Clinics in Sports Medicine. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Clinics in Sports Medicine, VOL 31, ISSUE 2, 2012 © 2012 by WB Saunders, Clinics in Sports Medicine doi:10.1016/j.csm.2011.09.013
ISSN: 0278-5919
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-05-14

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