chronic compartment syndrome

anterior compartment syndrome

A condition that typically arises in the anterior compartment of the lower leg, characterised by cramping, pain and tightness, often with numbness and tingling in the foot.
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chronic compartment syndrome

An increase in intracompartmental pressure that may occur during exercise or other forms of exertional activity. The increased intracompartmental pressure decreases blood flow to the distal extremity and impairs nerve function.


Individuals who have herniated muscles that occlude the neurovascular network, unyielding fascia in a closed compartment, or excessive hypertrophy of muscles during exercise are predisposed to chronic compartment syndrome.


The patient will complain of pain, numbness, and weakness in the involved extremity during exercise. Inspection may also reveal cyanosis and swelling in the distal portion of the involved limb. Symptoms may subside following activity or may lead to muscle necrosis, requiring fasciotomy.

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The Intra-Compartmental Pressure Monitor, also known as the STIC Monitor is considered the gold standard worldwide for diagnosing and managing acute and chronic compartment syndrome. This condition is associated with severe injuries arising from auto accidents, active sports, workplace occurrences, and battlefield injuries to name a few.
Chronic compartment syndrome is a relative medical nonemergency and mostly common in athletes with repetitive motions [9].
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