What are the signs and symptoms of iliohypogastric nerve entrapment?

Updated: Oct 15, 2019
  • Author: Minoo Hadjari Hollis, MD; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Symptoms of iliohypogastric nerve entrapment include burning or lancinating pain immediately following an abdominal operation. The pain extends from the surgical incision laterally into the inguinal and suprapubic regions. Discomfort may occur immediately or as long as several years after the procedure and may last for months to years. This discomfort may derive from the formation of scar tissue in the region. Occasionally, the pain may extend into the genitalia because of significant overlap with other cutaneous nerves.

Loss of sensation is usually minimal and not problematic. Iliohypogastric nerve entrapment causing symptoms similar to trochanteric bursitis refractory to conventional therapy has been reported.

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