(noun) swelling of muscles of the limbs where they are enclosed in strong fibrous sheaths. The initial swelling may be the result of reduction of the blood supply or injury, but as the swelling increases it leads to more pressure on the muscle and further reduction of the blood supply (ischæmia). If not urgently treated may result in death (infarction) of entire muscle groups.
a condition that arises when there is an increase in intracompartmental tissue pressure within a space in the body, usually caused by trauma, which can interfere with the circulation to the body tissues and destroy function
a potentially debilitating condition in which the muscles of the lower leg grow too large to be contained within membranes that enclose them