The sciatic nerve may be compressed by gluteal varicosities, resulting in a pseudosciatica. This is an example of a vascular/neurovascular compression syndrome.


Clinical features:

(1) symptoms of sciatica and/or buttock pain

(1a) symptoms tend to be made worse with sitting or lying

(1b) symptoms often are relieved by walking about

(2) presence of gluteal varices

(3) exclusion of other causes of sciatica

(4) relief of symptoms after resection of the varicotic vein


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