Saturday night palsy


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Saturday night palsy

Etymology: Gk, paralyein, to be palsied
A group of transient neuromuscular defects affecting a person who falls in a stuporous state in an unnatural position, classically after an alcoholic ‘binge’, or overdose of sedatives

Saturday night palsy

Substance abuse A group of transient neuromuscular defects affecting a person who falls in a stuporous state in an unnatural position, classically after an alcoholic 'binge', or overdose of sedatives. See Alcoholic neuropathy.

Saturday night palsy

Paralysis due to prolonged ischemia of the musculospiral nerve incident to compressing an arm against a hard edge. It occurs if the patient has been comatose or in a stupor or has fallen asleep with the arm hanging over the edge of a bed or chair. In some cultures individuals traditionally become intoxicated on Saturday night; while stuporous, they may remain in a position that allows nerve compression.
Synonym: musculospiral paralysis; radial paralysis; Saturday night paralysisSunday morning paralysis
See also: palsy
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