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Compartment Syndrome as a Complication of the Lithotomy Position

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Compartment syndrome is a rare but serious complication of surgical procedures performed in the lithotomy position. Preventive measures include careful placement of the patient’s legs and limited elevation. Early diagnosis is based on vigilance and close postoperative follow-up, especially after prolonged surgery. Finally, postoperative analgesia does not delay the diagnosis, if the patient’s needs are assessed carefully.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013
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