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Spontaneous complete hamstring avulsion causing posterior thigh compartment syndrome
  1. Y Kwong,
  2. J Patel1
  1. 1University College London Hospitals, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Kwong
 University College London Hospitals, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU, UK; dryune{at}


Complete avulsion of the hamstring muscle group from its ischial origin is an uncommon condition, and has been mostly reported in young athletes. A case is presented in which a middle aged man sustained this injury and developed a compartment syndrome of the thigh, which has not been previously reported. The surgical management of this patient is described.

  • thigh
  • hamstring avulsion
  • injuries
  • compartment syndromes

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