• Vol. 27 No. 4, 530–532
  • 15 July 1998

Electrophysiological Features in the Management of Meralgia Paraesthetica

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ABSTRACT

Meralgia paraesthetica is a condition which presents with pain and paraesthesia over the anterolateral thigh, due to entrapment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Our local experience of 12 cases highlights the usefulness of antidromic sensory nerve conductions in the diagnostic and prognostic aspects of this condition. Follow-up studies suggest that patients with initial reduction rather than absent sensory amplitudes on the affected side more likely to experience symptomatic improvement over an 8 to 24 month period.


Meralgia paraesthetica is a condition resulting from entrapment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve at the region of the anterior superior iliac spine, when the nerve angulates sharply over the inguinal ligament. It presents classically with pain, paraesthesia and sensory loss over the anterolateral surface of the thigh.

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