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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

Femoral Nerve Palsy following Medial Patella Femoral Ligament Reconstruction

  • Open or CloseLisenda L1* and Mokete L2

    1Research Fellow, Division of Orthopaedics, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

    2Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

    *Corresponding author:Laughter Lisenda, Division of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa

Submission: May 04, 2020;Published: June 05, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2020.06.000642

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume6 Issue4


Case: A 29-year-old teacher, presented with right medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) tear. This was identified and confirmed by magnetic imaging resonance and MPFL was reconstructed with gracilis tendon. She had femoral nerve palsy that recovered fully after prolonged rehabilitation.

Conclusion: Femoral nerve palsy secondary to pneumatic pressure is uncommon. Fortunately, most of the injured femoral nerves recover spontaneously without any neurological sequelae. There is controversy in the literature regarding the optimal pneumatic pressure for lower limb and duration of the tourniquet. We report a case of femoral nerve palsy secondary to pneumatic pressure.

Abbrevations: MPFL: Medial Patella Femoral Ligament; EMG: Electromyelography; TKA: Total Knee Arthroplasty; MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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