Suction injuries in children leading to acute compartment syndrome of the interosseous muscles of the hand: Case reports

A. Y. Shin, H. Chambers, K. E. Wilkins, A. Bucknell

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Compartment syndromes of the interosseous musculature in the hands of children is a relatively rare phenomenon and is usually associated with crush injury, severe burn, or ischemic events. Two cases of intrinsic compartment syndrome in children, secondary to suction injuries of the hand, are presented. Two children experienced suction injuries to the upper extremity when their hands were caught in a swimming-pool intake pipe filtration system. The filtration system intake suction developed enough negative pressure to induce an acute compartment syndrome of the interosseous muscles, requiring acute surgical decompression. Early diagnosis, prompt surgical decompression, and early postoperative rehabilitation of this unusual etiology of compartment syndrome of the hand provided a favorable and functional outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-678
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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