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Novel Branching Pattern of the Common Fibular Nerve: Emergence of the Superficial Fibular Nerve Within the Anterior Crural Compartment

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Distal to its origination from the sciatic nerve, the common fibular (peroneal) nerve divides into the superficial and deep fibular (peroneal) nerves. Whereas the deep fibular nerve continues its course into the anterior compartment, the superficial fibular nerve (SFN) usually arises near the fibular neck and projects distally within the lateral crural compartment before entering the superficial fascia proximal to the ankle. In this report, we describe a unilateral case where the SFN arises within the anterior crural compartment and remains there for the remainder of its course deep to the deep fascia of the leg. Surgeons should be aware of anomalies such as this, for example, when performing fasciotomies to avoid inadvertently damaging an anomalously placed SFN.

Department of Anthropology and School of Biomedical Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Kent State University, Independence, OH.

Division of Preclinical Sciences, Kent State University, Independence, OH.

Division of Surgery and Biomechanics, Kent State University, Independence, OH.

Corresponding author: Morgan E. Chaney, MA, Department of Anthropology, Kent State University, 750 Hilltop Dr, 226 Lowry Hall, Kent, OH 44242. (E-mail: mchaney1@kent.edu)