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Archive: Index of Suspicion is Key in Diagnosing Compartment Syndrome: Dr. William Turnipseed Reports

William D Turnipseed, MD, Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, has been treating patients with compartment syndromes since 1980, the year that he redesigned the surgical treatment for the condition. Since then, UW Health vascular surgeons have treated more than 2,100 patients who have compressed muscles, nerves and blood vessels within enclosed spaces of their lower leg.

Chronic compartment syndrome, often caused by overuse injuries, is commonly treated at UW Health. Dr. Turnipseed notes that chronic compartment syndrome is often diagnosed among track and cross-country runners and football players, and is most prevalent in patients in their late teens and early twenties. He also says, “As the expansion of sports has impacted more female athletes, we have seen an increase in the number of women with chronic compartment syndrome.”

Today up to 70 percent of the cases involve women, many who are runners or soccer players. However compartment syndrome can affect any type of athlete, most often those with well-developed musculature in the leg.

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