What is the role of femoral nerve block in pain management?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Femoral nerve block just below the inguinal ligament can be used as a diagnostic tool in patients who present with anterior thigh pain or can be combined with a sciatic nerve block to produce sympathetic neural blockade of the lower extremity. Femoral nerve block can alleviate severe pain related to posttraumatic or postoperative causes (eg, fracture of the neck of the femur).


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