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1General considerations

Elevated compartment tissue pressure is not prevented by an open fracture wound.

Compartment syndrome

Elevated compartment tissue pressure is not prevented by an open fracture wound. Perhaps because of their more severe soft-tissue injury, open fractures may have a higher incidence of compartment syndrome than that of comparable closed injuries. The surgeon must anticipate this possibility, monitoring the patient carefully and considering fasciotomy during open fracture debridement.

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