Surgical Treatment of Supinator Canal Syndrome

Authors: R. Kaiser;  L. Houšťava;  P. Haninec
Authors‘ workplace: Neurochirurgická klinika 3. LF UK a FN Královské Vinohrady, Praha
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2013; 76/109(5): 619-622
Category: Short Communication


Supinator canal syndrome, caused by compression of the deep branch of the radial nerve by the arcade of Frohse in the elbow, is rare. We present our experience with surgical treatment of four patients with this compressive neuropathy at our department between 2007 and 2010. This group accounted for 0.24% of non-traumatic nerve lesions of the upper extremities. Indication for surgery was based both on an EMG-confirmed nerve lesion and failure of conservative therapy. All patients had severe paresis of extensors on the forearm that improved after nerve deliberation. None of them, however, improved completely. This corresponds to international experience.

Key words:
supinator canal syndrome – arcade of Frohse – compressive neuropathy

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manu­script met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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