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May 3, 2011
Lumbosacral plexopathy is a serious and often disabling neurologic complication in patients with advanced cancer. It was the initial presentation of cancer in 15% of patients in a series of 85 patients with neoplastic lumbosacral plexopathy.
A unilateral hot and dry foot as a patient complaint should trigger consideration of a neoplastic lumbosacral plexopathy. The symptom is a manifestation of interruption of postganglionic sympathetic innervation of the foot.
Hani Kushlaf, M.B., B.Ch.
Dept of Neurology Mayo Clinic
Disclosure: Dr. Kushlaf reports no disclosures.
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