Sciatic Nerve Injury Following Intramuscular Injection: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Jason Ramtahal; Shammi Ramlakhan, MBBS MRCS; Khaimraj Singh, MBBS MRCS


J Neurosci Nurs. 2006;38(4):238-240. 

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Abstract and Introduction

A 25-year-old male patient presented with foot drop indicative of a sciatic nerve injury following gluteal intramuscular (IM) injections. Blood tests and magnetic resonance imaging of his spine were within normal limits, but electrophysiological studies confirmed a partial sciatic nerve lesion. The course of the sciatic nerve in the gluteal region places it at risk for injury from IM injections. Proper technique minimizes the risk of injury.

Intramuscular (IM) injection is an important means of administering medication. Sound knowledge of the anatomy of the area to be injected is essential. This article describes a case of sciatic nerve injury after gluteal IM injections. Related literature is reviewed with the goal of improving practice.


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