Piriformis and related entrapment syndromes: diagnosis & management

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2008 Oct;19(4):609-22, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2008.07.029.


Highly reliable evidence for piriformis syndrome and other pelvic sciatic syndromes arises from three major categories of data: magnetic resonance neurography diagnostic imaging, open magnetic resonance-guided injection studies, and patient treatment outcome studies. This article reviews the evidence in each category. This is part of a Point-Counterpoint discussion with Dr. Robert Tiel's presentation of "Myth and Fallacy".

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Injections / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / diagnosis*
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / drug therapy
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / surgery*
  • Syndrome
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents