Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2021 , Vol 67 , Num 3

Bilateral foot drop after COVID-19-related acute respiratory distress syndrome: A case report

Rana Terlemez 1 ,Tuğçe Özekli Mısırlıoğlu 1 ,Deniz Palamar 1 ,Dilara Okutan 1 ,Kenan Akgün 1
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2021.8194 In these days of the pandemic, we have faced with the locomotor system problems following severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. While some of these problems are related to the disease itself, some of them are associated with the prolonged immobilization during the infection. Long-term intensive care unit admissions of patients may also lead to various types of neuropathies, extending the recovery period. The real burden of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) is still unclear. In particular, after a prolonged hospitalization period, the duration of rehabilitation may be longer to gain independence in daily living activities. In this report, we present a different aspect of the COVID-19 with bilateral foot drop in a 53-year-old female patient. To the best of our knowledge, this case is the first report of both peroneal and sciatic nerve damage following COVID-19. Keywords : COVID-19, foot drop, sciatic nerve, ultrasound