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ID 22816
  Title Peroneal neuropathy misdiagnosed as L5 radiculopathy: A case report [case report]
Journal Chiropr & Manual Ther. 2013 ;21(12):Online access only 9 p
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Case Report

Objective: The purpose of this case report is to describe a patient who presented with a case of peroneal
neuropathy that was originally diagnosed and treated as a L5 radiculopathy.

Clinical features: A 53-year old female registered nurse presented to a private chiropractic practice with
complaints of left lateral leg pain. Three months earlier she underwent elective left L5
decompression surgery without relief of symptoms.

Intervention and outcome: Lumbar spine MRI seven months prior to lumbar decompression surgery revealed left neural foraminal stenosis at L5-S1. The patient symptoms resolved after she stopped crossing her legs.

Conclusion: This report discusses a case of undiagnosed peroneal neuropathy that underwent lumbar
decompression surgery for a L5 radiculopathy. This case study demonstrates the importance
of a thorough clinical examination and decision making that ensures proper patient diagnosis
and management.

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