Spontaneous compartment syndrome in a patient on long-term anticoagulation

J Hand Surg Br. 1993 Feb;18(1):41-2. doi: 10.1016/0266-7681(93)90193-j.


The case is reported of a 35-year-old lady on long-term anticoagulation with warfarin who developed a spontaneous acute compartment syndrome in the forearm. Despite a delay in diagnosis, an extensive decompression resulted in complete recovery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Compartment Syndromes / chemically induced*
  • Compartment Syndromes / surgery
  • Fasciotomy
  • Female
  • Forearm*
  • Hematoma / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Pressure
  • Pulmonary Embolism / drug therapy
  • Time Factors
  • Warfarin / adverse effects*
  • Warfarin / therapeutic use


  • Warfarin