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The externally rotated leg: a trap for the unwary
  1. F Lam1,
  2. S Hussain2
  1. 1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent TN24 0LZ, UK
  2. 2Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal Sussex County Hospital, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr F Lam

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A 91 year old man with known epilepsy was brought into the emergency department after a grand mal seizure. During the fit, he fell down two steps landing on his back. After the seizure, he complained of severe back pain and inability to move his legs. He was previously independently mobile but after the fall, was unable to weight bear.

On examination, both legs …

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