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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 7909805, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7909805
Case Report

Entrapment of Common Peroneal Nerve by Surgical Suture following Distal Biceps Femoris Tendon Repair

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Suzuka Kaisei Hospital, 112 Kou, Suzuka, Mie 513-8505, Japan
2Department of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Mie, Japan
3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Mie, Japan

Received 7 July 2016; Accepted 29 August 2016

Academic Editor: John Nyland

Copyright © 2016 Aki Fukuda et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We describe entrapment of the common peroneal nerve by a suture after surgical repair of the distal biceps femoris tendon. Complete rupture of the distal biceps femoris tendon of a 16-year-old male athlete was surgically repaired. Postoperative common peroneal nerve palsy was evident, but conservative treatment did not cause any neurological improvement. Reexploration revealed that the common peroneal nerve was entrapped by the surgical suture. Complete removal of the suture and external neurolysis significantly improved the palsy. The common peroneal nerve is prone to damage as a result of its close proximity to the biceps femoris tendon and it should be identified during surgical repair of a ruptured distal biceps femoris tendon.