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Acute compartment syndrome of the anterior thigh following quadriceps strain in a footballer
  1. B J Burns1,
  2. J Sproule2,
  3. H Smyth2
  1. 1Emergency Department, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, St James’s Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Burns
 Emergency Department, St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland or 52 Beechpark Drive, Foxrock, Dublin 18, Republic of Ireland;


A rare case is presented of acute anterior compartment syndrome in the thigh of a footballer caused by an acute quadriceps strain, exacerbated by poor first aid and alcohol ingestion. Decompressive fasciotomy with subsequent split skin grafting of the wound defect resulted in a satisfactory outcome. The diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion lest it be overlooked with inevitably disastrous consequences.

  • compartment syndrome
  • strain
  • thigh
  • quadriceps
  • football

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