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Acute compartment syndrome of the thigh in a rugby player.


ABSTRACT: In the absence of obvious trauma, diagnosis of acute compartment syndrome (ACS) of the thigh can easily be delayed, as disproportional pain is not always present. We present a case of ACS of the anterior right thigh compartment in a healthy, semiprofessional rugby player with normal coagulation, who sustained a seemingly innocuous blow during a rugby match. Following early surgical fasciotomy, he returned to his preinjury playing standards within 12 months. Our literature review suggests that high muscle mass, young, athletic males participating in a contact sport are mostly at risk of developing ACS of the thigh.

SUBMITTER: Smith RD 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC4533690 | BioStudies | 2015-01-01

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): 10.1136/bcr-2015-210856

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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