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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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
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1977


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cell Biology

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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.