Look out for this rare labour complication, doctors urged

Australian doctors report on acute compartment syndrome in a woman who had just given birth: BMJ Case Reports

Doctors have been asked to be aware of the symptoms of acute compartment syndrome —  a rare but unrecognised complication of labour — in women who have just given birth.

Australian doctors report on the case of a 26-year-old woman who developed the limb and life-threatening condition in her right leg after a caesarean delivery.

"Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is not currently recognised by midwives and obstetricians as a potential complication that may occur following childbirth,” they write in BMC Case Reports.

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