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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2014 pp 243-246

Research Article

A study of radial nerve and its deep branch in the cubital fossa

Vaishali P. Ahire1, Lakshmi Rajgopal2

1Resident, 2Professor(Additional), Department of Anatomy, Seth G S Medical College, Parel, Mumbai-400012, Maharashtra, INDIA.




Introduction: The radial nerve anterior to the lateral epicondyle divides into superficial and deep terminal branches. Entrapment or compression neuropathy of the deep branch of radial nerve (DBRN) or posterior interosseous nerve (PIN) leads to radial tunnel syndrome or PIN syndrome. It may also be one of the differential diagnoses of lateral epicondylitis. This study was performed on 38 upper limbs of 19 formalin-fixed cadavers. In most of the instances it was found that the radial nerve divided 1.4 cm above the interepicondylar line (IEL). The nerve to extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) arose at 1.2 cm from the IEL. We also observed the nature of some of the important structures which may compress deep branch of radial nerve. This knowledge is important for exploring elbow region during surgical decompression of DBRN.