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What is meralgia paresthetica?

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Meralgia paresthetica is a condition that causes numbness, pain, or a burning feeling in your outer thigh. You might also hear it called Bernhardt-Roth syndrome. It happens when there's too much pressure on or damage to one of the nerves in your leg.

From: Meralgia Paresthetica WebMD Medical Reference

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Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Burning Thigh Pain (Meralgia Paresthetica).”

UCLA Neurosurgery: “Meralgia Paresthetica: Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Meralgia paresthetica (lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 8, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Burning Thigh Pain (Meralgia Paresthetica).”

UCLA Neurosurgery: “Meralgia Paresthetica: Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Meralgia paresthetica (lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 8, 2018

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