Fast-Track Cardiac Anesthesia Aids in the Early Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Compartment Syndrome: A Case Report.
A 21-year-old otherwise healthy male with severe asymptomatic mitral regurgitation underwent a mitral valve repair via right thoracotomy and right femoral cannulation for cardiopulmonary bypass. Due to his age and health status, the anesthetic was planned to facilitate early extubation. Immediately on arrival to the intensive care unit, the patient complained of severe right calf pain with decreased sensation of the plantar foot. He was diagnosed with compartment syndrome and was taken back to the operating room for emergent 4-compartment fasciotomy. The fast-track anesthetic allowed for early diagnosis and treatment and prevented a likely catastrophic outcome.
Authors: Andrew L Syski, Jeremy M Crane, John A Hodgson