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May 1980

Strawberry Pickers' Palsy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(5):320. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500540098022

The following case is presented to emphasize a relatively unrecognized cause of common peroneal nerve palsy1-4 and to stress that the condition may occur bilaterally.

REPORT OF A CASE  A 22-year-old migrant worker was seen at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, with a threeday history of bilateral footdrop and numbness over the lateral aspect of his legs. He had worked the previous five days, seven hours a day, as a strawberry picker in a crouched position with periodic "duckwalking" forward movement. His health had been excellent, and results of his examination were normal exept for severe but incomplete footdrop. The gastrocnemius muscles, the inverters of the ankle, and the intrinsic foot muscles were of normal strength. The reflexes were symmetrically active. There was hypesthesia over the lateral legs on both sides. The common peroneal nerves were neither tender nor enlarged. Stimulation of the peroneal nerve proximal