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Compartment Syndrome

August 23, 2010 by staff 

Compartment Syndrome, 3 members of a h/school football team in Oregon have been diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a rare soft tissue causing pain and swelling in his triceps.

The three were among at least 18 players from McMinnville High School who became ill after a recent practice session.

“To have an epidemic like this is very rare,” said Dr. Craig Winkler, Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville.

All players had elevated levels of the enzyme creatine kinase, or CK, which is released by muscles when they are injured, he said. High CK levels can lead to kidney failure if not treated properly.

Officials said the cause remains unknown, but high levels of CK may be a result of strenuous exercise or the use of certain medications or food supplements.

“It’s a mystery,” says CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. “There are only ten reported cases of upper extremity compartment syndrome in the medical literature triceps. It is very rare.”

Five of the athletes were treated in the emergency room and sent home, according to the Associated Press. The others were admitted to the hospital and receive intravenous fluids to maintain adequate hydration and prevent kidney failure.

So on Sunday, 10 remained hospitalized, but were in good condition and is expected to be released Monday, said Rosemarie Davis, executive director of Willamette Valley Medical Center chief.

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