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‘Beware of the deep’: the deep posterior compartment in complex/chronic leg pain
  1. Mark R Hutchinson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mark R Hutchinson, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612 USA; mhutch{at}

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Michael Winkes and his colleagues1 do an admirable job of performing a systematic review on a controversial topic for those of us who care for athletes with leg pain. Like these authors, most of us have come to the frustrating realisation that patients with deep posterior exertional compartment syndromes do less well than those with the more classic anterior or lateral exertional compartment syndrome.

The authors validate the clinical experience of many through a comprehensive, systematic review. Through this review, the authors also expose …

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