Compartment Syndrome Misdiagnosis Lawsuits in Pittsburgh
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Compartment syndrome is the term used to describe the build-up of pressure inside a muscle space in an arm, leg, or anywhere else. It usually occurs after an injury of some kind, especially after a crush injury. In some cases, compartment syndrome is a medical emergency and a delay in diagnosis can cause permanent injury, disability, and even death.
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Details About Compartment Syndrome
Muscles and organs live in the body within compartments formed by webs of strong connective tissue, known as fascia. When swelling and blood accumulate within a compartment after an injury, the fascia cannot readily expand to accommodate the additional material within the compartment. The result is that pressure inside the compartment increases, reducing blood flow to organs and muscles inside the compartment. This most commonly occurs in the abdomen, arm, and legs.
Tissues die when they do not receive adequate blood flow, and that is what happens in compartment syndrome if treatment is delayed. This can reduce the ability of the muscle or organ to function properly.
Causes of Compartment Syndrome
Compartment syndrome can occur after:
- A broken arm or leg
- Pelvic fracture
- Crush injuries
- Tight bandages
- Lengthy compression of a limb during unconsciousness
- Blot clots
- Blood vessel surgery
- Abdominal surgery
- Certain types of vigorous exercise, especially when movements involve hyperextension of limbs
Athletes who use steroids are somewhat more likely to develop compartment syndrome.
Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome
Doctors who see patients with the following symptoms combined with the risk factors above should suspect compartment syndrome and potentially administer a test that measures the pressure level in the affected area. The symptoms are:
- Severe pain
- No color
- Muscle paralysis
- Reduced or absent blood flow
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