Introduction: Meralgia parenthetica


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Meralgia parenthetica: Meralgia parenthetica causes tingling, numbness or other sensations on the upper thigh. It is a type of paresthesia caused by nerve damage to one of the nerves coming from the spine to the thigh region. Most commonly it arises from nerve compression or nerve entrapment, such as exertion of the thigh, pelvis, or hip area. In such cases, it usually gradually resolves over time, with appropriate rest, taking between a few weeks to months to cure. At the other extreme, this nerve problem can be the symptom of a serious underlying disease including a spinal cord nerve disorder, such as multiple sclerosis, especially if similar symptoms arise in other body areas. Hence, symptoms such as numb thigh or thigh paresthesias need prompt medical diagnosis to rule out the less likely but more serious possible underlying causes.

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