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Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2019 Jul-Sep;22(3):308-310. doi: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_432_18.

Is Triamcinolone an Easy and Efficient Way to Treat Meralgia Paresthetica? A Cohort Study.

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



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.


This study was done to study the effect of triamcinolone acetonide on drug refractory MP.


This study was a retrospective case file review.


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.


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.


Drug refractory meralgia; lateral femoral cutaneous nerve; local corticosteroid injection; meralgia paresthetica; neuropathic pain; triamcinolone

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