Compression neuropathy of the common peroneal nerve secondary to a ganglion cyst

M. Yazid Bajuri*, B. C. Tan, S. Das, S. Hassan, S. Subanesh

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There are various causes of the common peroneal nerve palsy. However, common peroneal nerve palsy caused by ganglia are uncommon. We hereby present a case of a 55-year-old man with a 1 week history of foot drop and swelling in the region of the right leg. Physical examination and nerve conduction study studies confirmed a diagnosis of common peroneal nerve palsy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a lobulated, elongated cystic-appearing mass anterior to the head of fibula. Surgical decompression of the nerve with removal of the mass was performed. Surgical pathology reports confirmed the diagnosis of a ganglion cyst. Findings on physical examination, nerve conduction study and MRI results of this interesting case are being discussed. We wish to highlight that even a tumour which is benign and within the nerve sheath can cause compression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-552
Number of pages4
JournalClinica Terapeutica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy
  • Foot drop
  • Palsy
  • Peroneal nerve
  • Surgical
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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