Other Names for this Disease
- Bernhardt-Roth syndrome
- Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment
- Meralgia paraesthetica familial (type)
 The condition generally only affects one side of the body, although both sides may be involved in up to 20% of cases. Meralgia paresthetica is caused by compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (a sensory nerve to the skin on the outer thigh). This may be associated with a variety of causes such as tight clothing, obesity, and/or pregnancy. Treatment is based on the signs and symptoms present in each person and may include medications to manage pain. In most cases, conservative treatment by wearing looser clothing and/or losing weight generally resolves symptoms.Meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer thigh. These symptoms may become worse after walking or standing.
Last updated: 12/14/2015
- NINDS Meralgia Paresthetica Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. March 2009; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/meralgia_paresthetica/meralgia_paresthetica.htm.
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- Mayo Clinic has an information page on Meralgia paresthetica.
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