Acta Ortopédica Mexicana

Zenteno-Chávez B
Management of the chronic compartment syndrome of the leg in athletes.
Presentation of 2 cases and review of literature

Acta Ortop Mex 2018; 32 (1)

Language: Espańol
References: 19
Page: 41-43
PDF: 435.03 Kb.

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A problem commonly undiagnosed, severe and diffi cult to treat is chronic compartment syndrome in athletes. This pathology in its acute phase requires a diagnosis and treatment early to avoid muscle necrosis and neurological injury. Also, in chronic cases, the diagnosis is mainly clinical and the complete liberation of all compartments of the leg is essential. I review the literature of management of this pathology and two cases with specific treatment are presented. The objective is to provide evidence-based guidance for both chronic and acute treatment of chronic compartment syndrome in athletes to reduce the delay in the diagnosis and implement effective therapeutic measures for the improvement of the athletes and to avoid as much as possible the presentation of complications and sequelae in this group of patients.

Key words: Compartment syndrome, athletes, diagnosis, treatment.