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Question 3#

The compartment most commonly affected in a lower leg compartment syndrome is the:

a. Anterior compartment
b. Lateral compartment
c. Deep posterior compartment
d. Superficial posterior compartment

Correct Answer is A


The most commonly affected compartment is the anterior compartment in the leg. Numbness in the web space between the first and second toes is diagnostic due to compression of the deep peroneal nerve. Compartment pressure is measured by inserting an arterial line into the compartment and recording the pressure. Although controversial, pressures greater than 20 mm Hg are an indication for fasciotomy.