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Fasciotomy for compartment syndrome. Lower extremity fasciotomy for compartment syndrome. The exposed muscle is pink, healthy, and viable. Fasciotomy is the removal of connective tissue around muscles to relieve pressure, in this case from compartment syndrome, a life-threatening condition where injury can cause increased pressure within one of the body's compartments such as an arm or leg.
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