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Well-leg compartment syndrome after gynecological laparoscopic surgery


  • The authors have stated explicitly that there are no conflicts of interest in connection with this article.


Jens Jørgen Kjer, Clinic of Gynecology, Rigshospitalet University Hospital, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. E-mail:


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.