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Skinny Jeans caused woman to be hospitalized for four days

Tightness caused compression of blood vessels and nerves, immobilizing patient temporarily

(CNN) —  

Skinny jeans could leave you weak in the knees, literally.

One woman was hospitalized for days after her jeans caused her to lose feeling in her legs, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

The study said that squatting in skinny jeans can damage nerves and muscles in the legs.

The 35-year-old woman had spent her day helping a relative move, squatting for hours as she emptied closets. When she was walking home that night, her feet grew numb, and she tripped and fell. Immobilized, she spent hours on the ground before she was found and rushed to the hospital.

“We blame what happened on a combination of prolonged squatting for hours and the tight jeans she was wearing,” said Dr. Thomas Kimber who treated the patient.

Doctors were forced to cut the jeans off her calves because they had become so swollen.
“Normally muscles can expand to compensate for swelling, but there was a tourniquet effect, so the muscles had to expand inwards and compressed blood vessels and nerves,” said Kimber.

She lost circulation in her lower legs and couldn’t move her ankles or toes properly, according to the study.

“If she hadn’t been able to come to the hospital, the compression could have gone on longer and caused residual nerve damage,” said Kimber, who is an associate professor at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia.

After four days on an IV, she could walk again and was released from the hospital.

So if you don’t want to be a fashion victim, think twice before wiggling into a too-tight pair of skinny jeans.

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Intern Angad Singh contributed to this report.