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Compartment Syndrome of the arm

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  • Posted By: sianparis
  • March 11, 2008
  • 07:45 AM

When my daughter was nearly 3 she fell off a table a sustained a supra condylar humeral fracture. She was admitted to hosiptal and developed Compartment Syndrome. This is a very long story so I am going to shorten it and will go into it further if there are people out there that can help me.

The problem was that the doctors did not realize that she had developed Compartment Syndrome because she had no radial pulse and no feeling in her hand. She had also severed her nerves in the fall, so she was not demostrating the severe pain that relates to compartment syndrome.

This resulted in her staying in hosiptal for 7 weeks and having 11 operations and 10 dives in the Hyperbarcic Unit to save her arm. The doctors had to leave her arm cut open for 3 weeks, with bootlace stiches) before they could close the arm without losing the pulse again, in the end they did a skin graft to close her arm up. She has to wear a splint every night because her hand might claw up and we have to also do physio on her everyday.

She is now 9 years old and is left with horrific scarring and also a disability in her hand, ( she had to have 2 and a half muscles removed because they died through lack of oxygen ). She will have to see the doctors and physio until she is fully grown and will problery need more operations in the future. She had another operation in 2006 to remove some of the skin graft and release the tendons attached to the scar tissue that had replaced the tendons.

I would really like to hear from anyone that has suffered compartment syndrome in there arm and had it diagnosed correctly to see what if any disability and scarring they may have to compare with my daughter.

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