Struthers ligament: a source of median nerve compression above the elbow

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  • 1 Division of Neurological Surgery, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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✓ A case of median nerve entrapment at the elbow by a non-osseous fibrous ligament (Struthers) is presented. A relatively simple surgical procedure with ligament division afforded complete relief of symptoms. The existence of Struthers' ligament without a bony supracondylar process is reaffirmed, and the historical background of its identification outlined.

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