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Volume 2009, Article ID 535178, 3 pages
Case Report

Bilateral Leg Compartment Syndrome Complicating Prolonged Spine Surgery in the Kneeling Position

1Servicio de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología, Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada, C/Camino del Molino 2, 28942 Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain
2Luton and Dunestable Hospital, Luton LU4 0DZ, UK

Received 24 July 2008; Revised 14 January 2009; Accepted 20 February 2009

Copyright © 2009 Rafael Ballesteros et al. 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.


A case of bilateral compartment syndrome of the legs complicating prolonged spine surgery in the kneeling-90-90 position. Aggressive treatment of the reperfusion injury prevented severe rhabdomyolysis, acute renal failure, and sepsis, although it could not avoid the permanently disabling muscular necrosis. Close postoperative surveillance facilitate an early diagnosis and expedite appropriate treatment.