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Spontaneous tibial compartment syndrome in Type 1 diabetes mellitus

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Summary

We present a case of a patient with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) who spontaneously developed severe bilateral anterior tibial compartment syndromes which required extensive surgical treatment. While infarction of skeletal muscle in Type 1 DM remains rare and usually affects the larger compartments of the thigh, this diagnosis must be entertained in any patient presenting with acute leg pain. If a patient displays any features of acute compartment syndrome, prompt fasciotomy must be undertaken.

Diabet. Med. 16, 168–169 (1999)
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Keywords: Type 1 diabetes mellitus; compartment syndrome; muscle infarction

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 February 1999

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