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Compartment Syndrome Case Study, the Sequelae of a Delayed Diagnosis

November 26, 2013

The Case

An orthopedic surgeon evaluated a man in the emergency department who had sustained a severely painful injury to his left calf earlier that day. The patient was playing softball when another player slid into him.

The patient complained to the surgeon that his pain was 10/10. He could not weight bear, and his left calf measured at 19 inches compared with a right calf measurement of 16 …

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