Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Compartment Syndrome Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have compartment syndrome and any of the following:

  • Severe or worsening pain after an injury
  • Severe or worsening pain in an arm or leg that has a cast
  • Worsening pain when moving the fingers or toes
  • Worsening paleness of the fingers or toes
  • Worsening numbness of the fingers or toes
  • Worsening weakness of the fingers or toes
  • Loss of capillary refill in the fingers or toes

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Compartment Syndrome References
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