Split skin grafting of defects from fasciotomy after compartment syndrome.

Published online: Mar 27 1993

P N Basse, M Lohmann, B F Alsbjørn, and K Hovgaard.

Department of Plastic Surgery, Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Proper treatment of compartment syndrome is fasciotomy. Secondary skin defects often complicate the course and require skin-grafting procedures. The present investigation is a retrospective study based on 17 fasciotomies. Their courses are reported, and the possibility of primary skin excision with the purpose of delayed grafting is demonstrated. This procedure would probably reduce the number of hospital days and the number of surgical procedures.