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Results of compartment decompression in chronic forearm compartment syndrome: six case presentations
  1. H Zandi1,
  2. S Bell2
  1. 1Monash Medical Centre, Clayton Rd, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Monash University Department of Surgery, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 S Bell
 Melbourne Shoulder and Elbow Centre, 31 Normanby Street, Brighton, Victoria 3186, Australia;


Background: There are few reports concerning chronic compartment syndrome producing symptoms in the forearm, although in the lower limb this is a well recognised condition. The objective was to demonstrate that chronic compartment syndrome is a cause of exercise induced forearm pain and transient upper limb dysfunction and that forearm compartment decompression can reliably relieve the associated symptoms.

Methods: Six patients with a flexor compartment chronic compartment syndrome, documented by pressure studies, had forearm compartment decompression.

Results: All patients had good relief of their exercise associated forearm pain following the decompression. Widening of the incisional scar was frequently reported.

Conclusion: Forearm compartment decompression is effective in relieving the symptoms related to chronic forearm compartment syndrome.

  • chronic compartment syndrome
  • compartment decompression
  • forearm

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  • The patients mentioned in this case report have agreed to their details being published.

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