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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016, Article ID 9024368, 3 pages
Case Report

An Unusual Presentation of Right-Sided Sciatica with Foot Drop

1School of Medicine, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland
2Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Galway University Hospitals, Galway, Ireland

Received 25 January 2016; Revised 6 April 2016; Accepted 17 April 2016

Academic Editor: Koichi Sairyo

Copyright © 2016 Fergus J. McCabe and John P. McCabe. 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.


Rarely, sciatica is of extraspinal aetiology. By compressing the sciatic nerve, swelling of the short external rotators of the hip can cause sciatica. Uncommon anatomical relationships between the sciatic nerve and local muscles may potentiate this compressive effect. In this report, we describe the presentation of right sciatica and foot drop resulting from both extreme local constriction and unusual anatomical variation of the right sciatic nerve.