When is early decompression indicated for treatment of foot drop?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: James W Pritchett, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Early decompression is recommended in cases accompanied by severe motor disturbance, especially in older patients. [6] A Japanese study of 46 patients with degenerative lumbar disease who presented with drop foot noted that palsy duration and preoperative strength were the factors that most affected recovery after surgical intervention. [20]


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