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Femoral block complications. Can masses around the femoral nerve and femoral artery complicate femoral nerve blocks?

Femoral block complications.  Can masses around the femoral nerve 
and femoral artery complicate femoral 
nerve blocks?

Possibly: It can make performance of the block more difficult, ultrasound can help determine anatomy and if it is even possible to place the block. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Could carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica nerve pain?

Could carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica nerve pain?

NO: Carotid artery is in neck and sciatica pain is in back and leg. There is no correlation at all. ...Read more

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Piriformis trapped nerve dangerous?

Piriformis trapped nerve dangerous?

Piriformis sciatica: I'm not sure what you mean by "dangerous". Most cases of piriformis syndrome with intermittent sciatica are painful, but not at all what i'd consider dangerous. As you can see from the image attached, the sciatic nerve can pass behind the muscle or split the muscle (just butt pain then), or one or both parts of the nerve can pierce the muscle which can cause the shooting pain down the leg. ...Read more

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Can ulnar nerve entrapment cause shooting pain in elbow?

Can ulnar nerve entrapment cause shooting pain in elbow?

Yes: Classically it causes numbness and shocking pain from elbow to hand bur have heard this described esp with subluxating ulnar nerve. ...Read more

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Can spinal nerve impingement cause penile numbness?

Can spinal nerve impingement cause penile numbness?

YES: Damage to the nerves that supply the perineum may result in penile numbness. It is well known that bicycle riding, which is an excellent aerobic exercise, may result in penile numbness. This may result from nerve damage or vascular compression resulting arterial insuffiency, swelling and even blood clots. If you're having numbness your pcp may refer you to a urologist & neurolidt for evaluation. ...Read more

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Could ovarian cyst press femoral nerve?

Could ovarian cyst press femoral nerve?

Unlikely but: If huge or causing pressure over inguinal region, or associated by large hernia, could compress, but if you have femoral nerve involvement, might wonder about a diabetic etiology. See neurologist, do EMG study and get answer. ...Read more

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Achilles tendon & heel pain from sciatic nerve pain?

Achilles tendon & heel pain from sciatic nerve pain?

Heel pain: More likely cause is heel spur where achilles tendon attaches to calcaneus (heelbone), especially in women who wear high heels often. But sciatica is also possibility in one who has degeneration in spine. Heel spurs respond to gradual stretching of achilles tendon (i.e. Lower heels on shoes). See neurologist to determine which source is cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Is ilioinguinal nerve the same size as sciatic nerve?Saw mr neurography image of the sciatic nerve.Can ilioinguinal nerve appear that clearly on mrn?

Is ilioinguinal nerve the same size as  sciatic nerve?Saw mr neurography image of the sciatic nerve.Can ilioinguinal nerve appear that clearly on mrn?

Not likely: The sciatic nerve is anatomically larger than the ilioinguinal nerve. Mrn is not widely available. The ilioinguinal nerve is not as likely to be seen as clearly on mrn as the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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Could I have carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression, or unknown neuropathy?

Could I have carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression, or unknown neuropathy?

Nerve entrapment: Each of these has particular symptoms and causes which may help to sort them out http://www.neurocuro.com/peripheral-nerve-entrapment/ ...Read more

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Is the sural nerve superficial?

Is the sural nerve superficial?

Yes: As you get down closer to the foot ...Read more

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Nerve damage if ganglion cyst ruptures?

Nerve damage if ganglion cyst ruptures?

Not likely: Although rupture cysts can cause temporary pain and discomfort, the "nerve damage" they might cause would be minor and should resolve spontaneously within in a short period of time. If you develop persistent pain after what you think was a ruptured ganglion cyst, see your pray care physician or specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is nerve impingement?

What is nerve impingement?

Pinching of nerve: It is pinching or compression of a nerve due to either a disc herniation, spinal stenosis , a bony ridge or spur, overgrowth or unfolding of ligament, overgrowth of a facet joint, from spinal instability. From a spinal deformity, from a synovial cyst, from excessive fat in the spinal canal, from a spinal fracture, from a spinal tumor, infection or even a bleed or vascular problem. I can list ... ...Read more

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Can a compressed sciatic nerve cause leg weakness? Specifically the hamstring?

Can a compressed sciatic nerve cause leg weakness? Specifically the hamstring?

Possibly: A compressed sciatic nerve can cause leg weakness. Often pain down the leg is due to a lumbar radiculopathy or irritation to the lumbar nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve. The distribution of pain depends on which nerve is irritated although pain in the back or leg or "hamstring" is common. See your md if this pain lasts greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What is abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome?

What is abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome?

Pinched nerve: I think you are referring to the lateral cutaneous femoral nerve syndrome. This is a situation where a nerve branch gets entrapped and can lead to numbness and sometimes pain in the anterior thigh. ...Read more

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Can spinal fusion surgery cause bilateral peroneal neuropothy?

Can spinal fusion surgery cause bilateral peroneal neuropothy?

Neuropathy : Bilateral peroneal mononeuropathies are commonly seen in patients with mononeuritis multiplex secondary to diabetes, polyarthritis nodosa, nutritional deficiencies, and critical illness polyneuropathy. Bilateral and symmetrical presentation rises the possibility of lumbar radiculopathies or lumbar stenosis. Neuroimaging like MRI and electrophysiological studies like EMG and nerve conduction study could help in sorting this out. ...Read more

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How serious is ulnar nerve entrapment surgery?

Open surgery: Any surgery around the nerves has risks and potential complications. Ulnar nerve surgery is a relatively common surgery done by neurosurgeons and nerve specialists. It involves identifying the nerve at the region of the elbow and freeing it up of any scar and adhesions. Sometimes, it is necessary to transpose it or move it slightly so that it is not as easily injured. ...Read more

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Can saciatic nerve cause hip fracture?

Can saciatic nerve cause hip fracture?

No: One is not necessarily related to the other. However, in severe trauma, both the hip and sciatic nerve can be injured together. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound see a pinched nerve such as the sural nerve or a cutaneous nerve?

Yes, ultrasound: is capable of visualizing the sural nerve and other cutaneous nerves, but it may be difficult, and it may also be difficult to find a sonographer with expertise. ...Read more

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Bilateral stinging pain along ulnar nerve paths in forearms and brachial plexus when sneezing, could it be nerve root compression aggravated by sneeze?

Ulnar nerve: We could be a combination of things, it could be irritation of your owner nerve at the elbow and every time you sneeze the jerking motion causes the nerve to be irritated, it is also possible that you could have nerve root compression in the lower cervical spine causing the symptoms due to disk space collapse and irritation of both nerves be due to narrowing of the opening or foramen this will cause irritation and discomfort. Either way in a valuation by your family doctor or orthopedic surgeon may be of benefit to help determine the cause and temporarily anti-inflammatory medications may be a benefit and avoidance of activities that cause the discomfort ...Read more