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
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