Claire Allerton, MBChB, Emergency and Hyperbaric Medicine Registrar; Ian C Gawthrope, BM, DCH, FACEM, Emergency and Hyperbaric Specialist.
Acute paraspinal compartment syndrome as an unusual cause of severe low back pain
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Authors. EMA © 2012 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Australasia
Volume 24, Issue 4, pages 457–459, August 2012
How to Cite
Allerton, C. and Gawthrope, I. C. (2012), Acute paraspinal compartment syndrome as an unusual cause of severe low back pain. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24: 457–459. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2012.01584.x
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 APR 2012
- back pain;
- hyperbaric oxygen therapy;
- paraspinal compartment syndrome;
- red flag
This report describes a case of acute paraspinal compartment syndrome in a 25-year-old man. The diagnosis was significantly delayed, perhaps to some extent because of the rarity of the condition. The patient was managed with forced diuresis, analgesia and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The discussion addresses an unusual site for compartment syndrome and a diagnosis not commonly considered in the differential of low back pain. Treatment options are discussed and we review previous published case reports.