popliteal nerve


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popliteal nerve

[päp′lid·ē·əl ′nərv]
(anatomy)
Either of two branches of the sciatic nerve in the lower part of the thigh; the larger branch continues as the tibial nerve, and the smaller branch continues as the peroneal nerve.
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Dissection of the cyst into the popliteal nerve branch is stage 2, extension into the tibial nerve is stage 3, and extension into the tibial division of the sciatic nerve is stage 4 (4).
The feasibility and complications of the continuous popliteal nerve block: a 1001-case survey.