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Fashion victim: rhabdomyolysis and bilateral peroneal and tibial neuropathies as a result of squatting in ‘skinny jeans’
  1. Karmen Wai1,
  2. Philip Douglas Thompson2,
  3. Thomas Edmund Kimber2
  1. 1Neurology Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  2. 2Neurology Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Associate Professor, Thomas Edmund Kimber, Neurology Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia; thomas.kimber{at}

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A 35-year-old woman presented with severe weakness of both ankles.

On the day prior to presentation, she had been helping a family member move house. This involved many hours of squatting while emptying cupboards. She had been wearing ‘skinny jeans’, and recalled that her jeans had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable during the day. Later that evening, while walking home, she noticed bilateral foot drop and foot numbness, which caused her to trip and fall. She spent several hours lying on the ground before she was found.

On examination, her lower legs were markedly oedematous bilaterally, worse on the right side, and her jeans could only be removed by cutting them off. There was bilateral, severe global weakness of ankle and toe movements, somewhat more marked on the …

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