What is meralgia paresthetica?

  • Meralgia paresthetica is an entrapment or "pinching" of the nerve that supplies sensation to the outer portion of the thigh.
  • The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve becomes "entrapped" as it passes under the ligament of the groin.
  • The pressure on the nerve causes abnormal sensations of burning, pain, and numbness in the distribution of this nerve, the outer and part of the front of the thigh.
  • Meralgia paresthetica is also known as lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome.

What causes meralgia paresthetica?

Causes of meralgia paresthetica include any condition that leads to an increase in pressure on the groin (usually associated with enlargement of the belly, such as in obesity or pregnancy).

Meralgia Paresthetica Symptoms & Signs

Meralgia paresthetica is an entrapment (pinching) of the nerve (the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve) that supplies sensation to the outer portion of the thigh. Meralgia paresthetica is also known as lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome. Signs and symptoms of meralgia paresthetica include a sensation of tingling, pain, burning, or numbness in the distribution of the involved nerve, the outer part of the front of the thigh.

Symptoms may get worse when walking or standing.

What is the treatment for meralgia paresthetica?

The treatment of meralgia paresthetica usually involves addressing the underlying cause. Meralgia paresthetica can also be treated by local cortisone injection at the point where the nerve crosses the crease in the groin. Medications commonly utilized in the treatment of neuropathic pain, such as gabapentin, may be used. Infrequently, surgical release of the nerve is necessary.

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Medically Reviewed on 11/12/2018
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Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Sub-specialty in Neurology

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