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In 30 patients with acute compartment syndrome the tissue pressure was measured using saline infusion technique of Whitesides (1975). Only those patients recording tissue pressure of 50 mm Hg (critical compartmental pressure) and above were taken for urgent fasciotomy. Remaining patients with tissue pressure below critical compartmental pressure were treated conservatively with good results. Documentation of the elevated compartmental pressure is highly useful especially in uncooperative or unresponsive patients and in patients with a nerve deficit attributable to other causes.