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J Reprod Med. 1988 Dec;33(12):973-4.

Postpartum foot drop. A case report.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, U.S. Army Hospital, Berlin, West Germany.


Postpartum foot drop, caused by trauma to the lumbosacral nerve roots, has been associated with traumatic vaginal birth--fetal macrosomia and difficult forceps deliveries. After a spontaneous delivery a patient developed an L-5 neuropathy. In the modern era of obstetrics, foot drop is a rare complication of vaginal birth and causes significant disability. Although the condition can be permanent, most cases resolve in two to six months.

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