Pedowitz et al reported criteria for the diagnosis of chronic compartment of the leg based on compartmental pressure readings. The authors are from the University of California in San Diego.


Patient selection: chronic exertional pain in the lower leg


Evaluation: measurement of intramuscular pressure at various times using a slit catheter

Timing of Measurement

Intramuscular Pressure

before exercise

>= 15 mm Hg

after 1 minute of exercise

>= 30 mm Hg

at 5 minutes after exercise

>= 20 mm Hg


The chronic compartment syndrome was diagnosed if one or more measurements exceeded the threshhold.


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