Disease or damage involving the sciatic nerve, which divides into the peroneal nerve and tibial nerve (see also peroneal neuropathies and tibial neuropathy). Clinical manifestations may include sciatica or pain localized to the hip, paresis or paralysis of posterior thigh muscles and muscles innervated by the peroneal and tibial nerves, and sensory loss involving the lateral and posterior thigh, posterior and lateral leg, and sole of the foot. The sciatic nerve may be affected by trauma; ischemia; collagen diseases; and other conditions. (From Adams et al., Principles of neurology, 6th ed, p1363)

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