Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2019 , Vol 65 , Num 1

Acute bilateral foot drop in a chronic alcoholic patient

Zeynep Tuba Bahtiyarca 1 ,Özgür Zeliha Karaahmet 1 ,Mehlika Panpallı Ateş 2 ,Zeynep Kıraç Ünal 1 ,Fatma Aytül Çakcı 1
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Neurology, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2019.2244 Peroneal palsy is compression neuropathy of the peroneal nerve, which presents with foot drop. Patients with unilateral peroneal nerve palsy are frequently encountered in clinical practice. Although bilateral peroneal nerve palsy is rare, bilateral foot drop due to peroneal nerve palsy is much less common. The main complaint is often walking difficulty due to weakened ankle dorsiflexor muscles. Medical history and physical examination are always a part of the diagnosis, and the most useful method is electroneuromyography to evaluate the degree of the lesion. In this report, we present a 52-year-old male unconscious patient with chronic alcoholism admitted with acute bilateral foot drop and discuss clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of this rare case of peroneal palsy after lying in the prone position in the light of literature data. Keywords : Alcoholic nAlcoholic neuropathy, electroneuromyography, peroneal nerve compression neuropathyeuropathy; electroneuromyography; peroneal nerve compression neuropathy