Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve

Justin O'Farrell, Amir Ahmadian, Maxim Eckmann

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The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) is a purely sensory nerve that originates from the L2 and L3 nerve roots of the lumbar plexus. The LFCN can be compressed along its course, leading to symptoms of paresthesia and neuropathic pain along the anterolateral aspect of the upper thigh, known clinically as meralgia paresthetica. Therapeutic injections can provide temporary relief of these symptoms. Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a relatively safe and well-tolerated treatment option for management of peripheral neuropathic conditions, with the most common complication relating to lead migration. PNS of the LFCN can provide long-lasting relief of meralgia paresthetica symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPeripheral Nerve Stimulation
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Guide
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323830072
ISBN (Print)9780323830089
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • lateral femoral cutaneous nerve
  • meralgia paresthetica
  • neuropathic pain
  • peripheral nerve stimulator
  • thigh pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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