Trifurcation of the tibial nerve within the tarsal tunnel
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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.
KeywordsTibial 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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