How is genitofemoral nerve entrapment diagnosed?

Updated: Oct 15, 2019
  • Author: Minoo Hadjari Hollis, MD; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of genitofemoral nerve entrapment is typically made by using anesthetic nerve blocks. Injection of the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves anteriorly should leave the pain or abnormal sensation unchanged; a block of the L1 and L2 roots should then result in relief. This procedure should help determine the diagnosis and prevent unnecessary surgical exploration of an uninjured nerve.


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