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International Journal of Morphology

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DE-PAULA, Rafael C et al. Entrapment of the Sural Nerve on Gastrocnemius Muscle: Histological Analysis. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.3, pp.806-809. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022011000300022.

Anatomical variations in the formation of the sural nerve are common, although the topographical localization of this nerve is constant. In this report, we describe the histological analysis of anomalous course of the medial sural cutaneous nerve which descended through the gastrocnemius via a tunnel formed within the muscle and fascia. This anatomical curiosity are clinically important when evaluating sensory axonal loss in distal axonal neuropathies since sural nerve mononeuropathy is less likely to occur.

Keywords : Sural nerve; Gastrocnemius muscle; Variations; Histology.

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