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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 685-686

Sciatica secondary to sciatic nerve schwannoma

Department of Trauma and Orthopedic surgery, F. Bourguiba University Hospital, 5000 Monastir, Tunisia

Date of Acceptance02-Jul-2009
Date of Web Publication20-Nov-2009

Correspondence Address:
M F Hamdi
Department of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery, F. Bourguiba University Hospital 5000 Monastir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.57786

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Hamdi M F, Aloui I, Ennouri K. Sciatica secondary to sciatic nerve schwannoma. Neurol India 2009;57:685-6

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Hamdi M F, Aloui I, Ennouri K. Sciatica secondary to sciatic nerve schwannoma. Neurol India [serial online] 2009 [cited 2021 Oct 19];57:685-6. Available from:

A 45-year-old man attended neurosurgery department for right lower limb burning pain of three months duration. The pain was intermittent, exacerbated by sitting position, and radiated from the proximal posterior part of the right lower limb to the lateral area of the leg, and the dorsal aspect of the foot. The pain was not severe enough to disturb sleep, or to hinder physical activities. The deep palpation of the posterior part of the right thigh revealed a soft tissue mass, and reproduced the same pain. Tinel sign was absent. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a mass involving the right sciatic nerve in its proximal portion [Figure 1]a and b. The right sciatic nerve was exposed through a posterior approach . At operation the tumor was surrounded by a capsule (the epineurium) which allowed complete enucleation without damage to the fascicular structure of the sciatic nerve [Figure 2]a and b. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of schwannoma. Postoperatively the patient has complete relief from pain and there was no neurologic deficit.

Schwannoma of sciatic nerve is uncommon and the reported frequency was less than 1%. [1] Sciatic nerve schwannoma may be asymptomatic or may be associated with pain or paresthesias in the distribution of the nerve. Mortor and sensory deficits are more common with large size (4 cm) tumors [1],[2],[3] Magnetic resonance imaging provides an excellent quality views of the schwannoma necessary for surgical strategy. On T1-weighted images, schwannoma has intermediate signal intensity similar to that of muscles, and on T2-weighted, the tumor shows high signal. The schwannoma enhances uniformly after gadolinium. [2] Heterogeneous enhancement is seen in cystic or necrotic forms of schwannoma. Surgical outcome in sciatic nerve shwannoma is good. [1] Sciatic nerve schwannoma though rare should be included in the differential diagnosis of sciatica.

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1.Wolock BS, Baugher WH, McCarthy EJ. Neurilemoma of the sciatic nerve mimicking tarsal tunnel syndrome. Report of a case. J Bone Joint Surg Am 1989;71:932-4.  Back to cited text no. 1      
2.Pilavaki M, Chourmouzi D, Kiziridou A, Skordalaki A, Zarampoukas T, Drevelengas A. Imaging of peripheral nerve sheath tumors with pathologic correlation: Pictorial review. Eur J Radiol 2004;52:229-39.  Back to cited text no. 2  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]  
3.Sawada T, Sano M, Ogihara H, Omura T, Miura K, Nagano A. The relationship between pre-operative symptoms, operative findings and postoperative complications in schwannomas. J Hand Surg Br 2006;31:629-34.  Back to cited text no. 3      


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