Test: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Compartment syndrome is a condition in which pressures around skeletal muscles rise to a level that cuts off blood flow and compresses nerves around the muscles. A 66-year old woman is involved in a high-speed motor vehicle collision and presents with a left femoral shaft fracture. After fixing her bone with an intramedullary rod, the patient is taken to the recovery room. Upon waking she complains of intense pain in her left thigh as well as sensory deficits in the anterior portion of the same thigh. You diagnose her with compartment syndrome and suspect that a nerve is being compromised.


If left untreated, what action do you expect the patient will not be able to perform?

Flex the knee

Extend the knee

Evert the foot

Dorsiflex the ankle

Plantar flex the ankle

1/1 questions


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