Acute anterior compartmental syndrome of the thigh following contusion. A case report and review of the literature

J Orthop Trauma. 1987;1(1):68-70. doi: 10.1097/00005131-198701010-00011.


Contusion is a rare cause of acute compartmental syndrome in the thigh. To date, no case report has described blunt trauma precipitating this limb-threatening condition. The patient in this case report developed rapidly progressive signs and symptoms which required emergency fasciotomy. Delayed primary closure was possible and recovery was complete. The etiologies, diagnosis and management of thigh compartmental syndrome are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anterior Compartment Syndrome / etiology*
  • Compartment Syndromes / etiology*
  • Contusions / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Thigh / injuries*