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EFFECTIVENESS OF ULTRASOUND-GUIDED CORTICOSTEROID INJECTION AND ALCOHOL NEUROLYSIS IN THE TREATMENT OF MERALGIA PARESTHETICA DURING A 28-MONTH FOLLOW-UP PERIOD: A RETROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY
  • Özge Yapıcı,
  • Meriç Uğurlar
Özge Yapıcı
Marmara University School of Medicine
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Meriç Uğurlar
Silivri Anadolu Private Hospital
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Abstract

Abstract Objectives Meralgia paresthetica is a very rare sensory mononeuropathy of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes and compare the results of ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injection and ultrasound-guided alcohol neurolysis in the treatment of meralgia paresthetica. Methods We performed a retrospective clinical study of 26 patients with a diagnosis of marelgia paresthetica with a duration of ≥10 months. The patients were divided into 2 groups, with the Group 1 receiving ultrasound-guided local corticosteroid injection and Group 2 receiving ultrasound-guided alcohol neurolysis to the entrapment site of the LFCN. Results The mean age of the patients in Group 1 was 42.2 years and in Group 2 was 40.8 years. The mean follow-up period of Group 1 was 28.7 months and Group 2 was 28.4 months. At the end of the follow-up period 9 patients in Group 1 and 10 patients in Group 2 declared full pain relief and improvement in cutaneous sensitivity. Conclusion Once meralgia paresthetica has persisted corticosteroid injection and alcohol neurolysis are both effective methods. Although the recurrence rates are higher in corticosteroid injection, both treatment methods decreased the pain and improved the patients’ satisfaction and long-term curative effect.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

25 May 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
25 May 2021Assigned to Editor
25 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
02 Jun 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned