CC-BY 4.0 · Surg J 2018; 04(01): e18-e22
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1632405
Case Report
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Plexiform Neurofibroma of the Posterior Tibial Nerve Misdiagnosed as Proximal Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: A Case Report

Sang Hyun Nam
1  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
,
Jung Yeon Kim
2  Department of Pathology, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
,
Jaeki Ahn
3  Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
,
Yongbum Park
3  Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
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Publication History

23 October 2017

12 January 2018

Publication Date:
28 February 2018 (online)

Abstract

Plexiform neurofibromas of the foot are rare, benign tumors of the peripheral nerves. Diagnosis can be challenging if they present with symptoms mimicking other peripheral nerve pathologies. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment syndrome of the entire tibial nerve behind the medial malleolus and under the flexor retinaculum. The clinical presentation typically includes posteromedial pain, positive Tinel's sign, and neurogenic signs, including both the sensation of numbness and the actual hypoesthesia and clawing of the toes.

Here, we report the case of a 59-year-old female patient with plexiform neurofibroma with symptoms similar to those of tarsal tunnel syndrome. The plexiform neurofibroma was surgically excised and the nerve function was partially preserved.