Transient peroneal nerve palsies from injuries placed in traction splints

William Mihalko, Bernard Rohrbacher, Brian Mcgrath

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Abstract

Two patients thought to have distal femur fractures presented to the emergency department (ED) of a level 1 trauma center with traction splints applied to their lower extremities. Both patients had varying degrees of peroneal nerve palsies. Neither patient sustained a fracture, but both had a lateral collateral ligament injury and one an associated anterior cruciate ligament tear. One patient had a sensory and motor block, while the other had loss of sensation on the dorsum of his foot. After removal of the traction splint both regained peroneal nerve function within 6 hours. Although assessment of ligamentous knee injuries are not a priority in the trauma setting, clinicians should be aware of this possible complication in a patient with a lateral soft tissue injury to the knee who is placed in a traction splint that is not indicated for immobilization of this type of injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-162
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Peroneal Nerve
Splints
Traction
Paralysis
Wounds and Injuries
Ankle Lateral Ligament
Soft Tissue Injuries
Knee Injuries
Trauma Centers
Immobilization
Femur
Hospital Emergency Service
Foot
Lower Extremity
Knee

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  • Emergency Medicine

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Transient peroneal nerve palsies from injuries placed in traction splints. / Mihalko, William; Rohrbacher, Bernard; Mcgrath, Brian.

In: American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 17, No. 2, 01.01.1999, p. 160-162.

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Mihalko, William ; Rohrbacher, Bernard ; Mcgrath, Brian. / Transient peroneal nerve palsies from injuries placed in traction splints. In: American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 1999 ; Vol. 17, No. 2. pp. 160-162.
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