Piriformis syndrome. A contribution to the differential diagnosis of lumbago and coccygodynia

Zentralblatt fur Neurochirurgie

1988, 49:3, 178-84

Reichel G; Gaerisch F Jr

Klinik und Poliklinik fÂur Neurologie und Psychiatrie, Medizinischen Akademie Erfurt.


The piriformis syndrome is characterized by pain in the buttock radiating to the leg and to the coccydeal region. It is an isthmus syndrome of the N. ischiadicus and/or N. cutaneous femoris posterior. The most frequent causes are blunt traumas of the buttocks and spasms of the N. piriformis. More often than not the piriformis syndrome is the cause of a "postlaminectomy syndrome" or of a coccygodynia. The diagnosis can be established by a clinical examination with sufficient reliability.

Language of Publication: German

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