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Meralgia Paresthetica

Reviewed 06/2019
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • Meralgia paresthetica (MP) describes an entrapment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN).

  • Symptoms include pain, paresthesias, and sensory loss over the anterolateral aspect o...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Unilateral decreased sensation, pain (burning), coldness, “electric shock” sensation, or ache of anterolateral aspect of the thigh

  • May improve with sitting and worsen with prolonged st...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Usually self-limited (3)

  • Reassurance and education are paramount (3).

  • Acute

    • Avoid tight belts/clothes.

    • Discuss weight loss.

    • Control risk factors (diabetes, alcohol use, heavy me...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Not indicated unless no resolution past 2 months

  • Consider other diagnoses if persistent.

PATIENT EDUCATION

Education is important to reassure patients. Typical cours...

REFERENCES

1
Cheatham SW, Kolber MJ, Salamh PA. Meralgia paresthetica: a review of the literature. Int J Sports Phys Ther.  2013;8(6):883–893. [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
2
van Slobbe AM, Bohnen ...

CODES

ICD10

  • G57.10 Meralgia paresthetica, unspecified lower limb

  • G57.11 Meralgia paresthetica, right lower limb

  • G57.12 Meralgia paresthetica, left lower limb

ICD9

  • 355.1 Meralgia paresthetica

SNOMED

  • 85007004 ...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • MP describes an entrapment of the LFCN.

  • Unilateral pain (burning), numbness, coldness, electric shock sensation, or ache of anterolateral aspect of the thigh

  • Education is important to re...

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