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World J Orthop. Mar 18, 2016; 7(3): 167-170
Published online Mar 18, 2016. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v7.i3.167
Entrapment of middle cluneal nerves as an unknown cause of low back pain
Yoichi Aota
Yoichi Aota, Department of Spine and Spinal Cord Surgery, Yokohama Brain and Spine Center, Yokohama 235-0012, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Author contributions: Aota Y conceived the issues which formed the content of the manuscript and wrote the manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Yoichi Aota, MD, Department of Spine and Spinal Cord Surgery, Yokohama Brain and Spine Center, Takigashira 1-2-1, Isogo-ku, Yokohama 235-0012, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. yaota@yokohama-cu.ac.jp
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Received: September 6, 2015
Peer-review started: September 8, 2015
First decision: October 16, 2015
Revised: October 17, 2015
Accepted: December 18, 2015
Article in press: December 21, 2015
Published online: March 18, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: A case of severe low back pain, which was completely treated by release of the middle cluneal nerve, was presented. Clunealgia is underdiagnosed cause of low back pain and leg pain. The middle cluneal nerve may be entrapped where this nerve pass under or through the long posterior sacroiliac ligament.