Injection-induced sciatic nerve injury in Ugandan children.

Research paper by Fred Chuma FC Sitati, Edward E Naddumba, Tito T Beyeza

Indexed on: 10 Sep '10Published on: 10 Sep '10Published in: Tropical doctor


In developing countries, sciatic nerve injury following gluteal intramuscular injection is a persistent problem. A study over 6 months involving 133 children seen in Mulago hospital with acute flaccid paralysis revealed 124 (93%) children with injection-induced sciatic nerve injury. The identity of the drug in 79 cases (59.4%) was quinine. It is recommended that the gluteal region should not be used as an intramuscular injection site in children.