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February 1911


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1911;VII(2):182-183. doi:10.1001/archinte.1911.00060020047003

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Meralgia paresthetica, described independently in 1895 by Bernhardt and Roth, although an unusual, can scarcely be considered a rare condition, inasmuch as Musser and Sailer have reported ten cases personally observed. The peculiar disturbance of the external cutaneous femoral nerve characterized by paresthesia, or more or less severe pain when the individual is in the erect position, has been ascribed to various causes. Bernhardt considered a toxic neuritis as the most important factor, as he and others have reported cases following the acute infections, especially typhoid. Others have considered pure mechanical factors as the more important; the peculiar curve of the nerve and its relation to the surrounding structure render it especially liable to compression when the thigh is extended. Roth has called attention to the following points along the course of the nerve where trauma of this character may occur: first just after the exit of the

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