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Acute anterior thigh compartment syndrome in Premiership rugby


A case study of acute compartment syndrome in the anterior lateral thigh of a professional Rugby Union Flanker with no history of trauma is presented. The report covers all details from initial occurrence; medical history; investigations and surgical treatment; manual stimulus and rehabilitation; return to play; challenges and considerations—resulting in a positive outcome. Resultant observations/recommendations are that investigations should be swift and carefully considered to facilitate surgical intervention via decompressive fasciotomy as required.

  • sports and exercise medicine
  • physiotherapy (rehabilitation)
  • surgery

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