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Acute compartment syndrome of the hand in Henoch-Schonlein Purpura

Guntur E Luis* and Eng-Seng Ng

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Department of Orthopedics Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2007, 1:6  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-1-6

Published: 2 March 2007


An eight year old boy with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) presented with acute compartment syndrome (ACS) of his left hand following arterial cannulation of his radial artery in intensive care unit. Emergency decompression and fasciotomy were performed. The authors report this first case in literature and discuss how HSP can be complicated by ACS and ways to prevent the latter from happening.