What is the role of imaging studies in the evaluation of superficial peroneal nerve entrapment?

Updated: Oct 15, 2019
  • Author: Minoo Hadjari Hollis, MD; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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In rare cases, plain radiographs of the leg can reveal bony abnormalities that may contribute to or constitute the cause of superficial peroneal nerve entrapment. In cases of suspected proximal entrapment, knee radiographs may show abnormalities of the proximal fibula (eg, exostoses, osteochondromas, or fracture callus). If necessary, CT can provide more detailed information on the bony anatomy of the area, and ultrasonography can help localize cystic masses that impinge on the nerve. MRI is rarely necessary to obtain additional information.


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