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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Post-IM injection sciatic nerve injury can be avoided. Proper training and an anatomical understanding of the sciatic nerve course are essential. We recommend that the superolateral gluteal area between the crest of the ilium and the greater trochanter be properly defined as the preferred site for IM injection (Bigos & Coleman, 1984). Children are at higher risk of injury as opposed to adults. Sciatic nerve injury presents most commonly as foot drop. Treatment should include early surgical exploration and physiotherapy to minimize long-term sequelae.


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