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Compartment syndrome in the forearm following fractures of the radial head or neck in children.

Peters, C L; Scott, S M


A volar compartment syndrome of the forearm was identified following a minimally displaced or angulated fracture of the radial head or neck in three children. The fractures were due to a fall from a bed or from a standing height on an outstretched hand. All three patients had symptoms and signs that were consistent with elevated intracompartmental pressure in the forearm when they were first examined, twelve to twenty-four hours after the injury, and all were managed with an emergency fasciotomy of the forearm. The radial fracture was treated without reduction in the first patient, with manipulative closed reduction in the second patient, and with open reduction and stabilization with Kirschner wires in the third patient. All three patients had a full functional recovery.

Division of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City 84132, USA.

Copyright © 1995 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
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