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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia

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Abstract

PITTA, Guilherme Benjamin Brandão; SANTOS, Thays Fernanda Avelino dos; SANTOS, Fernanda Thaysa Avelino dos  and  COSTA FILHO, Edelson Moreira da. Compartment syndrome after tibial plateau fracture. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2014, vol.49, n.1, pp.86-88. ISSN 0102-3616.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbo.2013.04.008.

Fractures of the tibial plateau are relatively rare, representing around 1.2% of all fractures. The tibia, due to its subcutaneous location and poor muscle coverage, is exposed and suffers large numbers of traumas, not only fractures, but also crush injuries and severe bruising, among others, which at any given moment, could lead compartment syndrome in the patient. The case is reported of a 58-year-old patient who, following a tibial plateau fracture, presented compartment syndrome of the leg and was submitted to decompressive fasciotomy of the four right compartments. After osteosynthesis with internal fixation of the tibial plateau using an L-plate, the patient again developed compartment syndrome.

Keywords : Tibial fractures; Bone wires; Fracture fixation internal.

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