Compartment Syndrome Secondary to Vascular Transection from a Knee Dislocation
Osceola Regional Medical Center
compartment syndrome, acute knee dislocation, traumatic ischemic limb
Cardiovascular Diseases | Emergency Medicine | Musculoskeletal Diseases
Acute knee dislocation is a rare orthopedic injury with an incidence of <0.02% annually. The authors discuss a case involving a vascular injury sustained from a mechanical fall at home causing compartment syndrome. The case illustrates known complications associated with knee dislocations: vascular injury and compartment syndrome as well as the high suspicion needed in certain patient populations, such as Down’s syndrome. It highlights the importance of rapid diagnosis, a complete physical exam, and the need to involve consultants in a timely fashion. A high index of suspicion for vascular injury following trauma to the knee, regardless of the mechanism is imperative.
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Mirajkar A, Morales-Cruz M, Fusco N, Dub L, Ganti L. Compartment Syndrome Secondary to Vascular Transection from a Knee Dislocation. Orthop Rev (Pavia). 2022 Jul 27;14(4):36907. doi: 10.52965/001c.36907. PMID: 35910545; PMCID: PMC9329061.