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Young American Draws Attention Of Medical Community After Unusual Injury

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Annals of Emergency Medicine, the scientific journal published by the American College of Emergency Physicians, has reported an unusual case of the condition known as compartment syndrome. The affected person was a 23-year-old man who sustained a severe shoulder injury during a weight lifting session. He had to undergo surgery and aggressive hospital treatment for six days before making a full recovery.

Leonard Bunting of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, who is lead author of the study, explained what makes this particular case noteworthy. For starters, compartment syndrome is typically associated with the legs, not the shoulder. Moreover, it is a condition that follows an injury and is not associated with exercise, Bunting said.

The young man arrived at the ER with complaints of excruciating pain and his shoulder was swollen. He told the doctors that he had been exercising with heavier weights the previous day, compared to what he usually lifted. In addition to operating on the man, the doctors also administered treatment with intravenous fluids. It took almost a week for the pain to disappear completely and for full motion to return.

Bunting noted that this case serves as more than an example of an unusual exercise complication. It also underscores the unique aspects of bedside ultrasound examination in instances of unusual musculoskeletal conditions. This type of evaluation helped confirm the presence of muscle edema and revealed incredibly high compartment pressures in the affected muscle. Prompt treatment made it possible to achieve complete success in dealing with this serious condition, Bunting added.