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December 30, 1939

SCIATIC NERVE PRESSURE FOLLOWING RUPTURE AND FIBROSIS OF A HAMSTRING MUSCLE

JAMA. 1939;113(27):2412-2413. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800520003007b
Abstract

This case is reported because no similar case could be found in the literature and because of the exceptional symptoms from a known condition, the failure of the usual surgical repair of a ruptured muscle to relieve symptoms and the excellent result from a final radical procedure.

REPORT OF CASE  A college student aged 21 sustained a traumatic injury to the distal posterior part of the left thigh in football practice in late October 1936. He was indefinite about the exact manner of his receiving the injury as he was beneath a pile-up of players. The traumatized area was treated with radiant heat and light massage for several days. He had pain on walking for the next few weeks but after that he had no trouble in the injured extremity until he entered spring football practice. At that time motions of the left knee seemed difficult to initiate and he

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