Compartment syndrome after fracture of the distal radius.

Published online: Sep 27 1994

F Denolf, J Roos, and J Feyen.

A. Z. St. Dimphna, Geel, Belgium.


A compartment syndrome of the forearm after a fracture of the distal radius is presented. This rare complication should be considered after high velocity trauma in young people. In this setting, we prefer general anesthesia for fracture reduction. Fracture fixation and avoidance of circular casts are recommended. Repeated evaluation allows early detection of compartment syndrome. Fasciotomy should be done if this syndrome occurs.