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Well-leg compartment syndrome after gynecological laparoscopic surgery
Article first published online: 12 MAR 2013
© 2013 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica © 2013 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume 92, Issue 5, pages 598–600, May 2013
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Well-leg compartment syndrome after gynecological laparoscopic surgery. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2013; 92: 598–600., , .
- Issue published online: 17 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 12 MAR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 9 FEB 2013 04:15AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 16 OCT 2012
- Gynecological laparoscopic surgery;
- lithotomy position;
- Lloyd-Davies position;
- prolonged surgery;
- well-leg compartment syndrome
Well-leg compartment syndrome in the lower extremities after surgery in the lithotomy position is a rare but severe complication requiring early diagnosis and intervention. Several circumstances predispose to this condition as a consequence of increased intra-compartmental pressure, such as positioning of the legs during operation (lithotomy and Lloyd-Davies positions), a prolonged operation, external compression and vascular insults, both pre- and intra-operatively. To prevent well-leg compartment syndrome it is important to improve knowledge of the condition among surgeons and nursing staff. Potential risk factors and preventive initiatives are listed to reduce the risk in future patients. We describe two patients who underwent gynecologic laparoscopic surgery and postoperatively developed well-leg compartment syndrome.