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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 116-119

Clinical, electrophysiological, and prognostic study of postinjection sciatic nerve injury: An avoidable cause of loss of limb in the peripheral medical service


Department of Neurology, S. K. Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, J & K, India

Correspondence Address:
Maqbool Wani
Department of Neurology, S. K. Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Post Bag 27, J & K - 190 011
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.53081

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Background: Post injection sciatic nerve injury is a common cause of sciatic nerve mononeuropathy in the developing world largely due to inadequate health care facilites in the rural regions. Objective: The study was conducted to analyse the pattern of this nerve lesion in clinical and electrophysiological parameters and also to study the outcome in a conservatively treated cohort. Materials and Methods: One hundred and six patients who underwent evaluation at our laboratory from 2000 to 2006 for post injection sciatic neuropathy formed the study population. Twenty two of these were followed up (mean 6.6 months) for the outcome. Results: In the cases with full data, common peroneal division of the sciatic nerve was affected alone or predominantly. On follow up, 72% cases showed little or partial recovery. Thirty two percent patients had residual trophic changes and causalgia at their last visit. Conclusion: The majority of cases of postinjection sciatic nerve injury have poor prognosis on conservative treatment.


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