Anatomical basis for pressure on the common peroneal nerve

Document Type



Brain and Mind Institute


Pressure on certain nerves in the human body may cause varioussigns such as local pain, referred pain, disturbances of sensations varying from paraesthesia (nunbness or tingiing) to anaesthesia (full loss of sensation). Depending on the fibres constituting a particular nerve, one may observe some motor paralysis resulting in temporary or permanent deformity. Some nerves are more prone to injuries due to their course or relationship to bones.

The common peroneal nerve is the most commonly injured in the lower limb because of its course around the neck of the fibula.** Different reasons have been given for the pressure on the common peroneal nerve based on different disease conditions. This review, therefore, is an attempt to provide some anatomical explanations forthe pressure on the common peroneal nerve based on observations during routine dissections at the medical schools of Bayero University


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

The Central African Journal of Medicine