The plastic surgeon's usual involvement in patients with hepatitis C is most frequently limited to an inner city population with hand and forearm abscesses from intravenous drug use or to incidences of needle-stick injury in the operating room when the patient is hepatitis C positive. Hand surgeons and peripheral nerve surgeons often treat patients with underlying neuropathies who have superimposed overlying nerve compressions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. We have applied this experience to a patient with underlying peripheral neuropathy associated with Hepatitis C and clinical evidence of overlying lower extremity nerve compressions. We believe that she is the first successful surgical treatment of peripheral nerve compressions in a patient with hepatitis C - associated neuropathy, documented by noninvasive neurosensory testing.
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