Sonographic assessment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve

Benjamin Damarey, Xavier Demondion, Nathalie Boutry, Heejin Kim, Guillaume Wavreille, Anne Cotten

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Purpose. To evaluate the ability of high-frequency sonography to evaluate the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). Methods. A cadaveric study was performed on 5 cadavers to outline the normal course of the LFCN. Next, 37 LFCNs in 21 volunteers were evaluated via sonography with a 5-13-MHz linear-array transducer. Results. The LFCN was easily identified in our dissections. It always entered the thigh under the inguinal ligament and coursed superficially to the sartorius muscle. In 2/10 (20%) cases, anatomical variants were observed. Sonography revealed the LFCN in 26/37 (70%) cases. The relationships of the nerve with the deep circumflex iliac artery, the anterior superior iliac spine, and the sartorius were visualized. Neuromas were observed bilaterally in 1 volunteer. Conclusion. The LFCN can be seen in the groin with the aid of sonography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Feb 1

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Femoral Nerve
Ultrasonography
Skin
Groin
Volunteers
Neuroma
Iliac Artery
Thigh
Transducers
Cadaver
Ligaments
Dissection
Spine
Muscles

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Damarey, B., Demondion, X., Boutry, N., Kim, H., Wavreille, G., & Cotten, A. (2009). Sonographic assessment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, 37(2), 89-95. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcu.20521
Damarey, Benjamin ; Demondion, Xavier ; Boutry, Nathalie ; Kim, Heejin ; Wavreille, Guillaume ; Cotten, Anne. / Sonographic assessment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. In: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound. 2009 ; Vol. 37, No. 2. pp. 89-95.
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Sonographic assessment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. / Damarey, Benjamin; Demondion, Xavier; Boutry, Nathalie; Kim, Heejin; Wavreille, Guillaume; Cotten, Anne.

In: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, Vol. 37, No. 2, 01.02.2009, p. 89-95.

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