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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 473-474

Radial nerve entrapement in osseous tunnel without clinical symptoms

Department of Orthopaedics, S.M.S. Medical College and Attached Group of Hospitals, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Narender Saini
71, Suryanagar, Near Sanganer Airport, Budhsinghpura, Sanganer, Jaipur 302011
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.83139

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Entrapment of a nerve in the callus of a healing fracture is not a common entity, but it does exist. The entrapment usually presents without neurological deficit. It is difficult to suspect the radial nerve injury if we need to operate on the same site. We present a case of entrapment of radial nerve in the callus of a supracondylar humerus fracture with cubitus varus deformity. The surgery for correction of the deformity led to the damage of the nerve. In retrospect a careful assessment of the x-rays showed two 3-4 mm diameter holes. Awareness of this finding would have given us sufficient indication of nerve entrapment to prevent this mishap.

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