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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 308-310

Is triamcinolone an easy and efficient way to treat meralgia paresthetica? A cohort study

Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Vinay Goyal
Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_432_18

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Introduction: Meralgia paresthetica (MP) is a painful mononeuropathy of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. It is usually idiopathic and can be treated with drugs used for neuropathic pain such as pregabalin, gabapentin, and amitriptyline. Objectives: This study was done to study the effect of triamcinolone acetonide on drug refractory MP. Methods: This study was a retrospective case file review. Results: Eight patients were treated with local injections of triamcinolone. The patients were followed up for a period of 4 months to 54 months. There was significant symptomatic improvement with six patients having complete improvement and all patients reporting >50% improvement. Patients who had recurrence of symptoms on follow up received up to four injections as per their requirement and repeated injections also produced >50% symptom relief. Conclusion: Triamcinolone acetonide injected locally seems to be an effective and safe treatment for refractory MP. A randomized control trial has been planned to look for efficacy and safety.

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