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J Clin Neurosci. 2006 Apr;13(3):384-5. Epub 2006 Feb 23.

Severe persistent sciatic pain and weakness due to a gluteal artery pseudoaneurysm as a complication of bone marrow biopsy.

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  • 1Department of Haematology/Oncology, Royal Hobart Hospital, Liverpool Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia.


Complications of bone marrow trephine are thought to be uncommon. Herein, we present a case of severe debilitating sciatic nerve palsy secondary to a gluteal artery pseudoaneurysm following bone marrow biopsy. The pseudoaneurysm was treated successfully by percutaneous embolization; however, the patient remains significantly impaired with persistent painless foot drop.

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