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Journal of the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand 2015;20(2):59-63.
Published online June 30, 2015.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12790/jkssh.2015.20.2.59   
Idiopathic Compartment Syndrome of the Forearm
Young Jun Kim, Duke Whan Chung, Jung Suk Kim
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. dukech@khmc.or.kr
Received: 19 March 2014   • Revised: 1 June 2015   • Accepted: 4 June 2015
Compartment syndrome is caused by elevated pressure in a restricted compartment. It typically occurs after fractures of the extremities and usually has an acute clinical progression. Chronic compartment syndrome is another relatively well known form, typically associated with forceful exercise. Also, there are various reports of compartment syndrome not associated with typical causes. However, reports on compartment syndrome with unknown etiology are rare and there has been none in Korean literature. We report a case of compartment syndrome with no recognizable cause, hence classified as idiopathic.
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