Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Block

Vol 3 | Issue 1 | January-June 2022 | Page 19-22 | Trishul Muniraju, Murali Thondebhavi

DOI: 10.13107/ijra.2022.v03i01.049

Authors: Trishul Muniraju [1], Murali Thondebhavi [1]

[1] Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Trishul Muniraju,
Senior Registrar, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.


The Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve is a sensory nerve with a lot of anatomical variations. This article reviews the
latest updates in defining the anatomy of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. By understanding the anatomical
variations and the presence of a lateral femoral cutaneous nerve canal it is easier to locate the nerve under sonography and improve the accuracy of blocks. This nerve block is important in both acute post-operative pain and chronic pain condition, also known as Meralgia paresthetica.
Keywords: Meralgia paresthetica, LFCN canal, LFCN Anatomy


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How to Cite this Article: Muniraju T, Thondebhavi M | Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Block | International Journal of Regional Anaesthesia | January-June 2022; 3(1): 19-22.


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