Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 0004-282X
HOLANDA, Maurus Marques de Almeida; MEIRA, Ussânio Mororó; MAGALHAES, Francisco Neuton de Oliveira and SILVA, José Alberto Gonçalves da. Surgical treatment of meralgia paresthetica: case report. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2003, vol.61, n.2A, pp. 288-290. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X2003000200026.
Meralgia paresthetica is characterized by pain, paresthesias or burning, , and decreased touch and pain sensation on the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. It is due to neuropathy of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). Conservative treatment is usually successful in relieving the symptoms in most of the patients. We describe a case of a woman, 37 years old, who required surgical treatment for intractable symptoms. Although neurolysis with transposition is the most common procedure, we preferred neurectomy with excision of a portion of the LFCN for its very low recurrence rate as opposed to neurolysis. The area of anesthesia generated by this procedure in the distribution of the LFCN tends to shrink with time. This patient achieved excellent outcome following this surgical technique.
Keywords : meralgia paresthetica; lateral femoral cutaneous nerve; entrapment neuropathy.