By Dean Caras.
The diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome is of the up-most importance. Unless the vicious cycle is treated at an early time, it will result in irreversible nerve and muscle damage, leading to permanent disability. Acute Compartment Syndrome results from high tissue fluid pressure in a closed compartment, like the hand and forearm, and leads to reduced capillary diffusion and pressure on the nerves.
The most common scenario is the onset of Compartment Syndrome after a surgical procedure due to unidentified bleeding. Management of Compartment Syndrome involves avoiding the permanent injuries incurred by a delayed diagnosis and treatment. Early intervention with fasciotomy surgery improves patient outcome. Delayed fasciotomy always results in permanent injuries to the nerves and muscles. In severe cases, Permanent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome will occur. During the delay in treating the compartment syndrome the hematoma will compress the nerve and there will be a breakdown of the blood nerve barrier. This compression of the nerve will lead to swelling, inflammation, and permanent scarring. The scarring can permanently interfere with the functioning of the nerve itself.
In conclusion, Compartment Syndrome is a limb threatening condition for which early intervention is critical. If you have experienced a delay in diagnosing your Compartment Syndrome please contact the attorneys at Caras Law Group for a free consultation regarding your rights.
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