We present the case of three pediatric patients who presented with non-fracture acute lateral compartment syndrome after 'minor trauma'. All patients were male and sustained the inciting event during football. Two of the patients were able to resume play after their injury. All patients sustained intramuscular proximal avulsion ruptures of the peroneus longus muscle. At final follow-up, all but one patient had documented full neurologic recovery. A seemingly innocuous event may cause acute compartment syndrome in the adolescent male. Compartment syndrome in the absence of fracture should be promptly recognized to prevent delay in surgical treatment.
- case report
- compartment syndrome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine