say this 3 times fast: meralgia paresthetica

14 Nov

a.k.a. lateral femoral cutaneous mononeuropathy



this nerve is purely sensory


nerve injury, causing numbness, pain, dysesthesia (sensitive to touch) over skin of upper lateral thigh


possible causes:

  • entrapment/kinking as it passes through or over the inguinal ligament
  • external pressure (e.g. tight pants, +/- obesity, pregnancy)


associated with HIV, diabetes


usually resolves on own, may recur


References: Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, 6th edition; picture



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