Acute compartment syndrome (CS) of the extremity is a clinical diagnosis. However, patients without the ability to convey a good history increase our reliance on objective measures. This week's post will review the characteristics of CS injuries by mechanism and location, utility of clinical symptoms, and the use of compartment pressures in the diagnosis of CS.
As ER doctors, we stick a lot of needles into a lot of different body parts. Sometimes into vessels, sometimes into the area around the spinal cord, and of course, sometimes into hot, swollen joints. The ankle is included in this which can often prove difficult to access. To help you through your next angry ankle, here are a couple of pointers.