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Anatomical basis for pressure on the common peroneal nerve.
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PMID:  10565068     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An attempt was made to explain the anatomical basis for the pressure on the common peroneal nerve which may lead to loss of sensation and "foot drop". By using available cadavers during routine dissections, it was observed that the attachments of the peroneus longus muscle on the head of the fibula are, in most cases, tendinous, and blended with the crural fascia and lateral (fibular) ligament, thereby, forming an inelastic band arching over the common peroneal nerve. In some other cases, the reflected fibres of the biceps femoris tendon, anterior tibiofibular ligament and iliotibial tract constituted a fibrous bridge over the nerve. The least occurrence was that of the nerve piercing the thick and inelastic anterior crural septum.
A O Ihunwo; N D Dimitrov
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Central African journal of medicine     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0008-9176     ISO Abbreviation:  Cent Afr J Med     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-23     Completed Date:  1999-12-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372566     Medline TA:  Cent Afr J Med     Country:  ZIMBABWE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  77-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.
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MeSH Terms
Leg / innervation*
Nerve Compression Syndromes / etiology*
Peroneal Nerve / anatomy & histology*,  pathology

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