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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 2006 September;126(3):313-8
Compartment syndrome (about a case of error in diagnosis)
Procaccianti P., Argo A., Bono G., Zerbo S.
Sezione di Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Mediche e Medicina Legale Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
The authors report a case of misdiagnosis of “compartment syndrome” occurred in a 25 year old man with polytrauma and multiple biosseus fractures of leg, caused by a road accident. The pathogenesis of the syndrome and some related risks of a delayed diagnosis, like muscular ischemia, are analyzed. The authors point out the aspects of professional liability related to this syndrome and, consequently, the opportunity of an early diagnosis.