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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Cell Biology