The wick catheter technique for measurement of intramuscular pressure. A new research and clinical tool

S. J. Mubarak, A. R. Hargens, C. A. Owen, L. P. Garetto, W. H. Akeson

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The wick catheter technique was developed in 1968 for measurement of subcutaneous pressure and has been modified for easy intramuscular insertion and continuous recording of interstitial fluid pressure in animals and humans. Studies in dogs of the anterolateral compartment of the leg in simulation of the compartment syndrome showed the technique to be accurate and reproducible. The wick catheter technique is capable of important clinical applications in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic compartment syndromes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1016-1020
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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