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Compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve by a fibrous sartorius strand in a professional female soccer player


Lindenblatt, Nicole; Giovanoli, Pietro (2013). Compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve by a fibrous sartorius strand in a professional female soccer player. European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 36(8):531-534.

Abstract

Meralgia paraesthetica represents a neuropathy involving pain, burning, tingling, and numbness in the distribution of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) of the thigh, which is commonly due to nerve entrapment under the inguinal ligament. We report an unusual case of compression of the LFCN at the anterior surface of the sartorius muscle in a professional female soccer player. Intraoperatively, the LCFN was found to pass without major compression under the inguinal ligament, but was strained over a fibrous thickening of the superficial thigh fascia and the anterior medial border of the sartorius muscle 8 cm caudal of the inguinal ligament. Excision of the fibrous tissue completely resolved the symptoms. In professional athletes, the LFCN should be explored along its entire course on the anterior thigh during operative decompression to rule out a distal muscular compression site.

Abstract

Meralgia paraesthetica represents a neuropathy involving pain, burning, tingling, and numbness in the distribution of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) of the thigh, which is commonly due to nerve entrapment under the inguinal ligament. We report an unusual case of compression of the LFCN at the anterior surface of the sartorius muscle in a professional female soccer player. Intraoperatively, the LCFN was found to pass without major compression under the inguinal ligament, but was strained over a fibrous thickening of the superficial thigh fascia and the anterior medial border of the sartorius muscle 8 cm caudal of the inguinal ligament. Excision of the fibrous tissue completely resolved the symptoms. In professional athletes, the LFCN should be explored along its entire course on the anterior thigh during operative decompression to rule out a distal muscular compression site.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Reconstructive Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:May 2013
Deposited On:20 Jan 2014 10:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:23
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0930-343X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00238-013-0838-z

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