The Knee, ISSN: 1873-5800, Vol: 19, Issue: 2, Page: 151-3

Acute compartment syndrome of the thigh following total knee arthroplasty

R. H. Boonstra; D. Haverkamp; M. M. Campo; H. M. Van der Vis

A 62 year old man developed a compartment syndrome of the thigh after total knee arthroplasty. Twelve years previously he had a HTO of the same knee complicated by a compartment syndrome of the calf. The clinical diagnosis was confirmed with intracompartmental pressure measurement. Following fasciotomy pressures were normalized and further course was uncomplicated. Compartment syndrome of the thigh is a rare, but potentially devastating, complication following total knee arthroplasty. A previous compartment syndrome of the calf is identified as a risk factor.

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