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Compartment Syndrome as a Complication of the Lithotomy Position

Compartment syndrome is a serious complication of the lithotomy surgical position. Careful placement and limited elevation of patient’s legs are basic preventive measures. Postoperative vigilance and careful assessment of patient’s pain and analgesic needs are mandatory for early diagnosis of the syndrome.


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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