Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2016 , Vol 62 , Num 1
Surgical incision-induced sciatic nerve injury in a newborn during caesarean delivery: a case report
Zaheer Ahmed Gill 1 ,Saeed Bin Ayaz 1 ,Muhammad Ikram 1 ,Nadeem Ahmad 2
1 Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Abid Majeed Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
2 Combined Military Hospital, Abbottabad, Pakistan
DOI : 10.5152/tftrd.2015.22220 Caesarean deliveries are associated with an increased risk of injuries to the newborn and the mother. Lacerations in the newborn are the common injuries which primarily occur on face, head, and ear. Herein, we report a newborn case of laceration at the hip which resulted in sciatic nerve injury caused by surgical incision of caesarean section. The newborn was a term baby after an uncomplicated pregnancy. He had his right buttock nicked during the caesarean section. Later on, the baby presented with a flail right leg associated with foot drop noticed at the age of one month and was found to have sciatic nerve injury, as assessed by nerve conduction studies and electromyography. Keywords : Caesarean delivery; sciatic nerve injury; fetal laceration