Bilateral sciatic neuropathy as a complication of craniotomy performed in the sitting position: Localization of nerve injury by using magnetic resonance imaging

Jia Chi Wang, Tai-Tong Wong, Hsin Hung Chen, Po Yao Chang, Tsui Fen Yang

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Introduction: Sciatic neuropathy is a rare but serious complication following surgery performed in the sitting position. Methods: We report a case of a 12-year-old boy who developed bilateral sciatic neuropathy after a 9-h-long craniotomy while in the sitting position. Results: Magnetic resonance imaging for the lower extremities revealed bilateral swelling of the sciatic nerves near the ischial tuberosities. Conclusion: A heightened awareness of sciatic nerve injury during prolonged surgery in the sitting position may make early diagnosis possible and allow prevention of further neurologic injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Craniotomy
  • Intraoperative complications
  • Sciatic neuropathy
  • Sitting position

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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