Tibial compartment syndrome complicating closed femoral nailing: diagnosis delayed by an epidural analgesic technique--case report

J Trauma. 1994 Nov;37(5):867-8.


A case is described of compartment syndrome of the lower leg after closed intramedullary nailing of the tibia in which the diagnosis was delayed because an epidural analgesia technique masked the pain. The syndrome was treated by open four-compartment fasciotomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adolescent
  • Analgesia, Epidural*
  • Anterior Compartment Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Anterior Compartment Syndrome / etiology*
  • Femoral Fractures / surgery*
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male