Forearm compartment syndrome following intravenous thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke

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Abstract

Introduction: Minor and major bleeding complications have occurred following thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke. However, compartment syndrome has not been reported among these incidences. Methods and Results: This article presents a case of a forearm compartment syndrome in a patient with stroke who had fallen at the time of the infarction and was treated with tissue plasminogen activator. We wish to forewarn clinicians who may encounter similar cases. Conclusion: Patients suffering from stroke who fall are at risk of developing a compartment syndrome; the early diagnosis is often difficult, the sequelae can be devastating, and wrestling with the benefits and risks of reversing the coagulopathy in the acute phase of a cerebral infarction is a challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-48
Number of pages2
JournalNeurocritical care
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 6 2005

Keywords

  • Brain infarction
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Compartment syndromes
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Tissue plasminogen activator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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