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July 18, 1977

Dieting and Peroneal Nerve Palsy

JAMA. 1977;238(3):230-231. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280030038018

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)