Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Syndrome Overview
What is lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome?
A person with lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome has inflammation of a sensory nerve that is located in the upper, outer aspect of the thigh. Prolonged pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve can cause burning and numbness to the skin over thigh. Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome may be triggered by pregnancy and obesity. An occupation that requires wearing a heavy tool belt may also trigger lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome.
What are the symptoms of lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome?
Symptoms of lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome include burning pain and numbness that extends along the outer, upper aspect of the thigh.
How does the doctor treat lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome?
Treatment for lateral cutaneous nerve syndrome may include rest, crutches, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include corticosteroid medications.
- Barna SA, Hu MM, Buxo C, Trella J, Cosgrove GR. Spinal cord stimulation for treatment of meralgia paresthetica. Pain Physician. 2005 Jul;8(3):315-8. 
- Erbay H. Meralgia paresthetica in differential diagnosis of low-back pain. Clin J Pain. 2002 Mar-Apr;18(2):132-5. 
- Paluska SA. An overview of hip injuries in running. Sports Med. 2005;35(11):991-1014.