Meralgia Paresthetica

What is meralgia paresthetica?

What causes meralgia paresthetica?

Causes of meralgia paresthetica include any condition that leads to an increase in pressure on the groin (usually associated with enlargement of the belly, such as in obesity or pregnancy).

What is the treatment for meralgia paresthetica?

The treatment of meralgia paresthetica usually involves addressing the underlying cause. Meralgia paresthetica can also be treated by local cortisone injection at the point where the nerve crosses the crease in the groin. Medications commonly utilized in the treatment of neuropathic pain, such as gabapentin, may be used. Infrequently, surgical release of the nerve is necessary.


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Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Sub-specialty in Neurology


"Meralgia paresthetica (lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment)"

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