compartmental syndrome


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compartmental syndrome

 [kum-pahrt-men´tal]
a condition in which increased tissue pressure in a confined anatomical space causes decreased blood flow leading to ischemia and dysfunction of contained myoneural elements, marked by pain, muscle weakness, sensory loss, and palpable tenseness in the involved compartment. Ischemia can lead to necrosis resulting in permanent impairment of function.
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Compartmental syndromes may develop, especially involving the anterior tibial compartment after bites of the feet and ankles, or forearm, in bites of the hand or wrist.
Compartmental syndrome causes increased pressure in a limited space, compromising circulation and function of the tissues within that space, and can result in the loss of limb function.
Powell has suffered from a version of compartmental syndrome that dogged his coach David Young.