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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 488-490

Can intermittent pneumatic compression cause compartment syndrome?


1 Department of Surgery, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Unit, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Surgery, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Thamer Nouh
Department of Surgery, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Unit, College of Medicine, King Saud University, PO Box 7805 (37), Riyadh 11472
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.SJA_191_18

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We report a case of a 32-year-old male patient who developed unilateral lower-limb compartment syndrome following a long surgical procedure during which intermittent pneumatic compression was used as deep-venous thrombosis prophylaxis. This complication of surgery is associated with significant morbidity. Previously published reports have suggested the possible risk factors and a way to reach a diagnosis at an early stage. The possible risk factors we present are the long operative time and the use of intermittent pneumatic compression as deep-vein thrombosis prophylaxis. These findings could be used to raise awareness in early diagnosis and treatment.


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