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  • Meralgia paresthetica

    Meralgia paresthetica or Meralgia paraesthetica is numbness or pain in the outer thigh not caused by injury to the thigh, but by injury to a nerve that extends from the thigh to the spinal column. This chronic neurological disorder involves a single nerve—the lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh, which is also called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (and hence the syndrome lateral femoral cutaneous neuropathy).

  • Meralgia paresthetica

    The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve most often becomes injured by entrapment or compression where it passes between the upper front hip bone (ilium) and the inguinal ligament near the attachment at the anterior superior iliac spine (the upper point of the hip bone). Less commonly, the nerve may be entrapped by other anatomical or abnormal structures, or damaged by diabetic or other neuropathy or trauma such as from seat belt injury in an accident.

  • Meralgia paresthetica

    Diagnosis is largely based on patient description and relevant details about recent surgeries, hip injuries, or repetitive activities that could irritate the nerve. Examination checks for sensory differences between the affected leg and the other leg. Accurate diagnosis may require an abdominal and pelvic examination to exclude problems in those areas. Electromyographic (EMG) nerve-conduction studies may be required.

  • Meralgia paresthetica

    The study group included 61 patients (referral cases) from a prospectively maintained database of previous laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery with majority of the patients of recurrence (n = 39). Other complications were mesh infections (n = 15), pubic osteitis (n = 3), migration of mesh into adjacent viscera (n = 3) and meralgia paresthetica (n = 1). All patients underwent transabdominal preperitoneal approach (TAPP) between January 2007 and December 2013.

 

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