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Compartment syndrome resulting from undetected ulnar artery injury in the absence of a forearm fracture
  1. Priyanka Chadha1,
  2. Hawys Lloyd-Hughes2,
  3. Timothy Halsey1
  1. 1Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Plastic Surgery, Broomfield NHS Trust, Essex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Priyanka Chadha, priyankachadha{at}


A 6-year-old boy presented following a transient crush injury to his forearm. He displayed mild abrasions but no laceration or associated fractures. The injury resulted in traumatic rupture of the ulnar artery, which caused a large forearm haematoma and an acute forearm compartment syndrome. Prompt clinical diagnosis and operative intervention were required to prevent disastrous consequences.

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