WELL LEG COMPARTMENT SYNDROME: THE DEBIT SIDE OF HEMILITHOTOMY POSITION

Shahryar Noordin, Salim Allana, MA Wajid

Abstract


We describe a case of well leg compartment syndrome following unilateral lithotomy position in a
patient undergoing contralateral antegrade intramedullary femoral nailing. Following two-incision
four compartment fasciotomy, the patient recovered with no residual defects. We dissuade use of
the hemilithotomy position for antegrade femoral nailing procedures in favour of another
previously described position, because this predisposes patients to position-associated
complications without offering any substantial advantage.
Keywords: Compartment syndrome, well-leg, hemilithotomy

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