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Complications following sural and peroneal nerve biopsies
  1. David A Hilton (david.hilton{at}phnt.swest.nhs.uk)
  1. Derriford Hospital, United Kingdom
    1. John Jacob (j.jacob1{at}btinternet.com)
    1. Derriford Hospital, United Kingdom
      1. Liz Househam (liz.househam{at}phnt.swest.nhs.uk)
      1. Derriford Hospital, United Kingdom
        1. Connie Tengah (ctengah{at}hotmail.com)
        1. Queens Medical Centre, United Kingdom

          Abstract

          Nerve biopsy is used as part of the investigation of patients with peripheral neuropathy and is particularly useful in confirming the diagnosis of peripheral nerve vasculitis. Previous studies have suggested that sampling the peroneal nerve, in combination with peroneus brevis, is a more sensitive site than sural nerve for this diagnosis, however, there are no published data on the complication rate of peroneal nerve biopsies. We have assessed the complications in 50 patients undergoing nerve biopsy, and have shown that although biopsy of the peroneal nerve may result in a larger area of sensory loss in some patients, other complications are not increased when compared to sural nerve biopsy.

          • complication
          • neuropathy
          • peroneal
          • sural
          • vasculitis

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