Medial sural cutaneous nerve biopsy

James Fallon Thornton, Jason Wang, Christopher Jerron Riley

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This paper describes indications, preoperative preparation, operative technique, and postoperative care for an adaptation of a commonly performed, outpatient neurology procedure, the sural nerve biopsy. We performed a chart review on 12 patients, with follow-ups ranging from 6 to 26 months, treated by the PI (J.F.T.) over 3 years, and only 1 noted complication (delayed wound healing in a steroid-dependent person). All procedures were performed in an operating room setting under local anesthetic with standby intravenous sedation. We provide a stepwise procedure description of this technique that can be performed with very low morbidity in an outpatient, minor procedure setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-170
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006


  • Biopsy
  • Sural nerve
  • Sural nerve biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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