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Single-incision Fasciotomies in Compartment Syndrome of the Leg

Masquelet, Alain C. MD

doi: 10.1097/BTO.0b013e31824a76ce

The 4 compartments of the lower leg can be adequately decompressed from the lateral approach. This approach is described in detail, along with its ideal indications and surgical principles. This approach is most valuable when there is compromised skin or orthopedic hardware that must be protected on the medial side of the leg.

Orthopaedic and Traumatology, University of Paris, Hôpital Avicenne, Bobigny, France

The author declares that they have nothing to disclose.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Alain C. Masquelet, MD, Orthopaedic and Traumatology University of Paris, Hôpital Avicenne, 125, Route de Stalingrad 93003 Bobigny, France. E-mail:

Received January 10, 2012

Accepted January 10, 2012

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.