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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 393–396 | Cite as

Practice of yoga may cause damage of both sciatic nerves: a case report

  • Patrizia Dacci
  • Stefano Amadio
  • Simonetta Gerevini
  • Lucia Moiola
  • Ubaldo Del Carro
  • Marta Radaelli
  • Gianluca Figlia
  • Vittorio Martinelli
  • Giancarlo Comi
  • Raffaella Fazio
Letter to the Editor

Abstract

Sciatic nerve traumatic damage very rarely occurs bilaterally. We describe the case of a 67-year-old woman who reported a bilateral traumatic lesion of the sciatic nerve during practice of yoga. Nerve conduction studies showed a bilateral sciatic nerve neuropathy, mostly affecting the peroneal component. Lumbar plexus MRI documented regular anatomical features of the main principal nerve roots with bilateral T2 signal alteration of roots L4, L5 and S1 that extended into the sciatic nerves showing both increase in size, probably related to chronic injury of nerves, and an alteration in diffusion signal that suggested a recent acute overlapped process.

Keywords

Traumatic nerve lesion Sciatic nerve Yoga practice 

Abbreviations

NCS

Nerve conduction studies

EMG

Electromyography

MRC

Medical Research Council

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrizia Dacci
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Stefano Amadio
    • 1
  • Simonetta Gerevini
    • 2
  • Lucia Moiola
    • 1
  • Ubaldo Del Carro
    • 1
  • Marta Radaelli
    • 1
  • Gianluca Figlia
    • 1
  • Vittorio Martinelli
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Comi
    • 1
  • Raffaella Fazio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, San Raffaele Scientific InstituteUniversità Vita e SaluteMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Neuroradiology, San Raffaele Scientific InstituteUniversità Vita e SaluteMilanItaly
  3. 3.Department of Neurology and INSPE, Institute of Experimental NeurologySan Raffaele Scientific InstituteMilanItaly
  4. 4.Neuromuscular Disease UnitIRCCS Foundation “Carlo Besta” Neurological InstituteMilanItaly

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