Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 529–532 | Cite as

Trifurcation of the tibial nerve within the tarsal tunnel

  • Sedat Develi
Anatomic Variations


The tibial nerve is the larger terminal branch of the sciatic nerve and it terminates in the tarsal tunnel by giving lateral and medial plantar nerves. We present a rare case of trifurcation of the tibial nerve within the tarsal tunnel. The variant nerve curves laterally after branching from the tibial nerve and courses deep to quadratus plantae muscle. Interestingly, posterior tibial artery was also terminating by giving three branches. These branches were accompanying the terminal branches of the tibial nerve.


Tibial nerve Posterior tibial artery Medial plantar nerve Lateral plantar nerve 



This case report was presented as poster presentation in 18th National Anatomy Congress of Turkey.

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The author(s) declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Gulhane Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Health SciencesEtlikTurkey

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