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Acute spontaneous compartment syndrome is a rare orthopaedic emergency that usually presents to general physicians as an acute medical admission. Most cases reported to date, in patients with diabetes, are in those with long-standing disease or with evidence of diabetic complications. An acute spontaneous compartment syndrome in a girl with recent diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is reported here. Awareness of the condition allows early recognition and diagnosis, thereby preventing more severe muscle necrosis and disability.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/emj.2007.046425

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerg Med J

Publication Date

07/2007

Volume

24

Pages

507 - 508

Keywords

Acute Disease, Adolescent, Compartment Syndromes, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1, Emergencies, Female, Humans, Leg, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Muscle, Skeletal