The origin of "Saturday night palsy"?

Robert J. Spinner, Michael B. Poliakoff, Robert L. Tiel, David G. Kline, Michel Kliot

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Abstract

THE TERM Saturday night palsy has become synonymous with radial nerve compression in the arm resulting from direct pressure against a firm object. It typically follows deep sleep on the arm, often after alcohol intoxication. The commonly accepted origin of the phrase is the association of Saturday night with carousing. We offer an alternate explanation: we think that the term Saturday night palsy was introduced mistakenly as a simplification of saturnine palsy (much like the way the word palsy was shortened from paralysis). Saturnine palsy, which is a relatively common complication of lead poisoning, has the same clinical presentation of radial nerve compression, and Saturday night palsy even sounds like saturnine palsy. Moreover, Saturday, lead, carousing, and alcohol are associated with each other through their connection to Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture, which encourages the association of the two syndromes with one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-741
Number of pages5
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

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Radial Neuropathy
Paralysis
Radial Nerve
Saturn
Alcoholic Intoxication
Lead Poisoning
Agriculture
Sleep
Alcohols
Pressure

Keywords

  • Etymology
  • Lead poisoning
  • Radial nerve
  • Saturday night palsy
  • Saturnine palsy
  • Sleep palsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Spinner, R. J., Poliakoff, M. B., Tiel, R. L., Kline, D. G., & Kliot, M. (2002). The origin of "Saturday night palsy"? Neurosurgery, 51(3), 737-741. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006123-200209000-00023

The origin of "Saturday night palsy"? / Spinner, Robert J.; Poliakoff, Michael B.; Tiel, Robert L.; Kline, David G.; Kliot, Michel.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 51, No. 3, 01.09.2002, p. 737-741.

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Spinner, RJ, Poliakoff, MB, Tiel, RL, Kline, DG & Kliot, M 2002, 'The origin of "Saturday night palsy"?', Neurosurgery, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 737-741. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006123-200209000-00023
Spinner RJ, Poliakoff MB, Tiel RL, Kline DG, Kliot M. The origin of "Saturday night palsy"? Neurosurgery. 2002 Sep 1;51(3):737-741. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006123-200209000-00023
Spinner, Robert J. ; Poliakoff, Michael B. ; Tiel, Robert L. ; Kline, David G. ; Kliot, Michel. / The origin of "Saturday night palsy"?. In: Neurosurgery. 2002 ; Vol. 51, No. 3. pp. 737-741.
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