Interstitial fluid pressure in muscle and compartment syndromes in man

Alan R. Hargens, Scott J. Mubarak, Charles A. Owen, Lawrence P. Garetto, Wayne H. Akeson

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Abstract

The wick technique for measuring muscle-compartment pressure is an accurate measurement for early diagnosis of compartment syndromes in man. The technique is highly reproducible and offers numerous advantages including rapid and long-term equilibrium recordings of fluid pressure. Normal human intracompartmental pressures of -3 to +5 mm Hg rise to between 60 and 95 mm Hg during isometric contraction, suggesting muscle ischemia during contractile episodes. As determined by the wick technique, patients with compartmental pressures over 30 mm Hg are at substantial risk of incurring a syndrome. Fasciotomy immediately relieves the high intracompartmental pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalMicrovascular Research
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

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Compartment Syndromes
Extracellular Fluid
Muscle
Pressure
Muscles
Fluids
Isometric Contraction
Early Diagnosis
Ischemia

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  • Biochemistry
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Hargens, A. R., Mubarak, S. J., Owen, C. A., Garetto, L. P., & Akeson, W. H. (1977). Interstitial fluid pressure in muscle and compartment syndromes in man. Microvascular Research, 14(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/0026-2862(77)90136-4

Interstitial fluid pressure in muscle and compartment syndromes in man. / Hargens, Alan R.; Mubarak, Scott J.; Owen, Charles A.; Garetto, Lawrence P.; Akeson, Wayne H.

In: Microvascular Research, Vol. 14, No. 1, 1977, p. 1-10.

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Hargens, AR, Mubarak, SJ, Owen, CA, Garetto, LP & Akeson, WH 1977, 'Interstitial fluid pressure in muscle and compartment syndromes in man', Microvascular Research, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/0026-2862(77)90136-4
Hargens, Alan R. ; Mubarak, Scott J. ; Owen, Charles A. ; Garetto, Lawrence P. ; Akeson, Wayne H. / Interstitial fluid pressure in muscle and compartment syndromes in man. In: Microvascular Research. 1977 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 1-10.
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