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nbme16/Block 1/Question#26 (3.1 difficulty score)
A 25-year-old man comes to the physician 8 ...
Rupture of an intervertebral disc🔍

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submitted by passplease(8),

Why not a tear in the sciatic nerve? especially since it radiates down to the leg

cassdawg  My main thoughts on this is that an actual tear in the sciatic nerve is extremely difficult and further it would present with motor weakness to the muscles innervated by the sciatic nerve as well (the hamsrtings and adductor magnus, FA2020 p452). The sciatica pain that you are referring to is more common with injury to the nerve via herniated disc. +1