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Case report
Compartment syndrome of the non-injured limb
  1. Majid Anwer,
  2. Niladri Banerjee,
  3. Harshit Agarwal and
  4. Subodh Kumar
  1. Division of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, JPN Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Niladri Banerjee; docniladri{at}


Compartment syndrome is a common limb-threatening entity in trauma. However, the occurrence of the same in the non-injured limb is rare. It seems to be multifactorial in origin, with abnormal positioning being the most common cause. We present such a case of well-leg compartment syndrome which was treated by an urgent fasciotomy. We emphasise on the fact that the diagnosis of compartment syndrome is clinical and the management remains the same irrespective of whether the limb has sustained an injury or not.

  • vascular surgery
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery
  • general surgery
  • surgery

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  • Contributors MA was involved in the treatment, data collection and in the writing of the case report. NB was involved in writing the discussion and making the tables. HA combined all the data, figures, tables and discussion to write the final article. SK was involved in the treatment and critical analysis of the data as well as the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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