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Cortical foot
  1. Robin Fox1,
  2. Laszlo Sztriha1
  1. Neurology Department, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robin Fox, Department of Neurology, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS, UK; robinfox{at}


An 83-year-old woman presented with an acute onset of foot drop. Whilst the pattern of weakness initially appeared to be most likely due to a peripheral cause, an MR scan of the brain showed a small cortical stroke. This rare phenomenon appears similar to the more widely described ‘cortical hand’.

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  • Contributors RF: concept, first draft and subsequent revisions; LS: clinical management of patient, concept, supervision of draft and revisions.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Tom Hughes, Cardiff, UK.

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