Bilateral Femoral Neuropathy After Massive Toxic Ingestion in a Suicide Attempt

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Abstract

Introduction:

Bilateral femoral nerve injury can occur after various surgical and nonsurgical processes, but has rarely been reported.

Case Report:

We describe a case of bilateral femoral neuropathy after a suicide attempt in a 41-year-old woman. We suggest a stretch mechanism to explain this observation. We also discuss the other causes of bilateral nerve palsy, usually secondary to a compressive injury, with a review of the medical literature.

Conclusions:

The patient reported is the first in the literature to have suffered from bilateral femoral nerve palsy after a suicide attempt. Half of the reported cases are secondary to a surgical process (particularly abdominopelvic surgery). If a compressive origin is most frequent, a stretch mechanism may at times explain a bilateral femoral neuropathy.

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