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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2005;38(4): 306-308.
Schwannoma of the Superficial Peroneal Nerve Presenting as Sciatica.
Jae Hoon Byun, Jae Taek Hong, Byung Chul Son, Sang Won Lee
Department of Neurosurgery, St. Vincent Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, Korea. jatagi15@paran.com
Schwannomas are benign nerve sheath tumors that can present in various locations and they have variable symptoms. However, schwannoma of the superficial peroneal nerve is rare, and only a limited number of cases have been reported. The authors here describe a case of schwannoma of the superficial peroneal nerve, which was initially considered as a L5 radiculopathy because of its clinical similarity. In the differential diagnosis of nontraumatic and nonarthritic pain of the lower leg and foot, benign tumors, particularly schwannomas of the peroneal nerves should be considered. Treatment by excision can result in relief of the symptoms and maintenance of function.
Key Words: Schwannoma; Superficial peroneal neuropathy; Sciatica
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