Ilioinguinal/iliohypogastric neurectomy for management of intractable right lower quadrant pain after cesarean section: a case report.

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BACKGROUND: Ilioinguinal nerve entrapment is one of the most common nerve injuries following pelvic surgery. We present a case of intractable right lower quadrant pain successfully treated with neurectomy. CASE: A 31-year-old woman, following her third elective cesarean section, noted intense, right inguinal pain immediately upon awaking from anesthesia. The pain was burning and constant and exacerbated by standing and movement. After a period of failed conservative management, a workup concluded probable nerve entrapment. Trigger point injections, amitriptyline and gabapentin therapy resulted in minimal improvement. At 10 months the patient underwent a right ilioinguinal neurectomy with excellent sustained pain relief. CONCLUSION: Low transverse fascial incisions risk injury to the iliohypogastric and ilioinguinal nerves. While pain from entrapment of these nerves often resolves spontaneously, neurectomy may offer resolution in recalcitrant cases.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Whiteside, JL; Barber, MD

Published Date

  • November 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 857 - 859

PubMed ID

  • 16419635

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0024-7758


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States