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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2011;50(2): 151-153.
doi: https://doi.org/10.3340/jkns.2011.50.2.151
Pulsed Radiofrequency Neuromodulation Treatment on the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve for the Treatment of Meralgia Paresthetica.
Hyuk Jai Choi, Seok Keun Choi, Tae Sung Kim, Young Jin Lim
Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. kumckts@chol.com
We describe a rare case of pulsed radiofrequency treatment for pain relief associated with meralgia paresthetica. A 58-year-old female presented with pain in the left anterior lateral thigh. An imaging study revealed no acute lesions compared with a previous imaging study, and diagnosis of meralgia paresthetica was made. She received temporary pain relief with lateral femoral cutaneous nerve blocks twice. We performed pulsed radiofrequency treatment, and the pain declined to 25% of the maximal pain intensity. At 4 months after the procedure, the pain intensity did not aggravate without medication. Pulsed radiofrequency neuromodulation treatment on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve may offer an effective, low risk treatment in patients with meralgia paresthetica who are refractory to conservative medical treatment.
Key Words: Meralgia paresthetica; Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve; Pulsed radiofrequency; Neuromodulation
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