Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 294-297

Compartment syndrome like picture in metaphyseal comminuted fracture of tibia treated by locking plate due to tight closure

Department of Orthopaedics, Padm. D.Y. Patil Medical College and Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Prafulla Herode
Department of Orthopaedics, Padm. D.Y. Patil Medical College and Research Centre, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.114655

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A 22-year-old male came to casualty on 5 th May 2012 after a fall from motorcycle. He complained of excruciating pain and swelling over right knee. There was an open wound of 7 × 2 cm over supra-patellar region and diffuse swelling over knee joint with severe tenderness over proximal aspect of right tibia. X-ray showed intra-articular fracture of proximal tibia extending to diaphysis classified as type 6 by Schatzker classification for proximal tibia, with fibula shaft transverse fracture. The skin over the fracture was contused. Debridement with primary wound closure was done in emergency. Skeletal traction was applied through a lower tibial Steinman pin. Patient was operated after 15 days when wound healed and swelling subsided. Locking plate was applied on medial aspect using Minimally invasive percutaneous plate osteosysthesis (MIPPO) technique. Post-operatively over 4 hours patient developed severe pain and swelling in operated leg which mimicked compartment syndrome. Suture removal was done immediately in the ward from the distal aspect, which relieved the symptoms but lead to exposure of the plate. A rotational flap was done to cover the plate in coordination with a plastic surgeon on the next day.

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