1 Department of Surgery/ College of Medicine/ Kirkuk University

2 Department of Orthopaedic/ Norfolk Norwich Teaching Hospital/ Norwich/ Norfolk/ United Kingdom


Routine compartment pressure monitoring in alert patients has been questioned. The current paper explores the value of this procedure Patients and Methods: In between 2007-2012, 125 patients with tibial fracture underwent monitoring of the compartment in the postoperative period. Medical notes and X-rays were studied. Results: Fourteen of these patients underwent compartment decompression for high readings of the monitoring in 10 of them, the high readings ware based on clinical notes, in (3) others they ware based on measurement bases, and in the last one they ware because of reading problems. Conclusion: The current study does not favour the use of monitoring and does not condemn it. However, clinical judgement remains to be superior while compartment measurement may have caused some unnecessary decompressions