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Acute Compartment Syndrome: A Promising Future for its Diagnosis and Management

Schmidt, Andrew MD

doi: 10.1097/BTO.0b013e31824b0ddb

Compartment syndrome remains a diagnosis that is far more easily to exclude than to confirm. As described in this volume, there are a host of new technologies for monitoring tissue perfusion and physiology that may soon provide a reliable means to diagnose compartment syndrome in its early stages, obviating the need for prophylactic fasciotomy. In the not-to-distant future, compartment should become far more simple to diagnose and treat, avoiding the morbidity commonly associated with this entity today.

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

The author has received funding for compartment syndrome research from the Department of Defense and has stock/stock options in Twin Star Medical, Inc. and Twin Star ECS.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Andrew Schmidt, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55415. E-mail:

Received January 13, 2012

Accepted January 13, 2012

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.