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Meralgia paresthetica


Other Names for this Disease
  • Bernhardt-Roth syndrome
  • Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment
  • Meralgia paraesthetica familial (type)
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Overview

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.[1] The condition generally only affects one side of the body, although both sides may be involved in up to 20% of cases.[2] 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.[2][3] 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.[1][3][2]
Last updated: 12/14/2015

References

  1. 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.
  2. Elizabeth A Sekul, MD. Meralgia Paresthetica. Medscape Reference. September 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1141848-overview.
  3. Cheatham SW, Kolber MJ, Salamh PA. Meralgia paresthetica: a review of the literature. Int J Sports Phys Ther. December 2013; 8(6):883-893.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Bernhardt-Roth syndrome
  • Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment
  • Meralgia paraesthetica familial (type)
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.