Missed posterior deep, inferior subcompartment syndrome in a patient with an ankle fracture: A case report

Kalman John Piper*, Jessica Chua Yen-yi, Mark Horsley

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Abstract

Deep posterior compartment syndrome is an extremely rare complication of ankle fracture and the few reported cases in the literature show that it is usually diagnosed late. Anterior and deep posterior compartment syndromes have been described with variable manifestations according to the compartment affected. We present a case of deep posterior compartment syndrome isolated to the disputed distal " subcompartment" of the leg, which had a very subtle and late presentation and was missed. The diagnosis of compartment syndrome was confirmed on MRI scan. Subsequently the patient developed a flexor hallucis longus muscle contracture that was managed nonoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398.e5–398.e8
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ankle
  • Compartment
  • Fracture
  • Posterior
  • Syndrome

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