Clinical Perspective

Meralgia paresthetica: Now showing on 3T magnetic resonance neurography

Raihaan M. Ally, Mark D. Velleman, Farhana E. Suleman
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 23, No 1 | a1745 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v23i1.1745 | © 2019 Raihaan M. Ally, Mark D. Velleman, Farhana E. Suleman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 March 2019 | Published: 21 August 2019

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Raihaan M. Ally, Private Practitioner, Pretoria, South Africa
Mark D. Velleman, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Farhana E. Suleman, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Meralgia paresthetica is a neuropathy of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Traditionally, the diagnosis is based on classical symptoms and signs. In cases where there is a diagnostic dilemma, the role of magnetic resonance imaging has been to exclude other causes for the patient’s presentation, as the small extraspinal peripheral nerves were not well visualised at imaging. The development of 3-Tesla magnetic resonance neurography, however, has made pathology of these nerves more conspicuous.

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Meralgia paresthetica; lateral femoral cutaneous nerve; neuropathy; magnetic resonance neurography; fluid-sensitive sequences.

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