Bilateral chronic compartment syndrome in the forearm and the hand

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1996 Sep;78(5):780-2.


We report two cases of bilateral chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CCS) in the forearm and hand. Measurement of the intramuscular pressure was useful for diagnosis. These two cases illustrate that bilateral CCS should be suspected in patients complaining of bilateral exercise-induced pain in the anconeus muscle, the forearms, the thenar and hypothenar regions and in the first dorsal interosseous muscle. Fasciotomy relieved the pain in both cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Compartment Syndromes / diagnosis*
  • Compartment Syndromes / etiology
  • Compartment Syndromes / surgery
  • Exercise
  • Fasciotomy
  • Forearm*
  • Hand*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manometry
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pressure