In seven patients, peroneal nerve palsies developed while they were on weight-reduction diets. Five palsies were unilateral; two, bilateral. All patients recovered following diet modification. Therapeutic weight loss, of itself, can cause foot-drop. The prognosis is uniformly good.
(JAMA 238:230-231, 1977)
Sherman DG, Easton JD. Dieting and Peroneal Nerve Palsy. JAMA. 1977;238(3):230–231. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280030038018
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