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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 71--72

Sudden bilateral foot drop: An unusual presentation of lumbar disc prolapse

Department of Neurosurgery, National Neurosurgical and Trauma Center, Khoula Hospital, Mina Al Fahal, Sultanate of Oman, Oman

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P K Gupta
PO Box 374, Al Harthy Complex, Postal Code 118, Sultanate of Oman
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Bilateral acute foot drop is reported in a 30-year-old healthy male. He presented with a 7-day history of sudden severe backache, radiating to both the lower limbs and 1-day history of sudden bilateral ankle weakness that progressed to bilateral foot drop within 6 hours. He also developed retention of urine. Investigations revealed a large central disc prolapse at L3-4 with significant canal stenosis at that level. Following surgery the patient had progressive improvement.


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