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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 2907067, 4 pages
Case Report

Compartment Syndrome of the Hand: A Little Thought about Diagnosis

Emergency Department, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Medical School, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Received 2 December 2015; Accepted 3 May 2016

Academic Editor: Ching H. Loh

Copyright © 2016 Eric F. Reichman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Compartment syndrome of the forearm is a well described entity but there have been relatively few case reports in the emergency medicine literature of hand compartment syndromes (HCS). Prompt recognition and treatment of this potential limb threat are essential to minimize morbidity and mortality. Presented is a case of a documented hand compartment syndrome following a motor vehicle collision.