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May 16, 1903

SUTURE OF THE GREAT SCIATIC NERVE.REPORT OF A CASE.

JAMA. 1903;XL(20):1358-1359. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490200020003
Abstract

Wounds and suture of the great sciatic nerve are perhaps sufficiently rare to lend some interest to the following case:

J. S., an Irish farmer boy, aged 19, was struck by a scythe in the hands of a younger lad who was swinging the instrument on a level with his own waist. The lads were facing each other and the blade entered the outer side of the patient's left thigh, passed back of the femur, and the point emerged on the inner surface of the thigh just below the crotch. Between the points of entrance and exit the blade slipped under the skin and severed most of the muscles to the bone and divided the great sciatic nerve just below the gluteal fold. In removing the blade it was turned and the wound of entrance was slit downward some two or three inches.

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