Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS) of the Forearm

  • John W. K. HarrisonEmail author
Part of the In Clinical Practice book series (ICP)


Chronic exertional compartment syndrome of the forearm is an uncommon condition causing transient symptoms of arm pain, decreased grip strength, altered sensation and dysfunction with strenuous activities involving gripping. Symptoms fully resolve with rest. The cause is not known. It is a clinical diagnosis made from the history and a normal clinical examination. Confirmatory testing with compartment pressure monitoring is only indicated if there is any doubt regarding the diagnosis. Treatment is surgery with a fasciotomy of the affected compartment(s). The results for this procedure are excellent in the majority of cases with a full return to sporting activity within 6 weeks.


Pain Dysfunction Transient symptoms Clinical diagnosis Dynamic compartment pressure monitoring Fasciotomy 


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  1. 1.Gateshead NHS Foundation TrustGatesheadUK

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