Imaging of neuropathies about the hip

Carlo Martinoli, Maribel Miguel-Perez, Luca Padua, Nicola Gandolfo, Anna Zicca, Alberto Tagliafico

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Neuropathies about the hip may be cause of chronic pain and disability. In most cases, these conditions derive from mechanical or dynamic compression of a segment of a nerve within a narrow osteofibrous tunnel, an opening in a fibrous structure, or a passageway close to a ligament or a muscle. Although the evaluation of nerve disorders primarily relies on neurological examination and electrophysiology, diagnostic imaging is currently used as a complement to help define the site and aetiology of nerve compression and exclude other disease possibly underlying the patient' symptoms. Diagnosis of entrapment neuropathies about the hip with US and MR imaging requires an in-depth knowledge of the normal imaging anatomy and awareness of the anatomic and pathologic factors that may predispose or cause a nerve injury. Accordingly, the aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of hip neuropathies with an emphasis on the relevant anatomy, aetiology, clinical presentation, and their imaging appearance. The lateral femoral cutaneous neuropathy (meiralgia paresthetica), femoral neuropathy, sciatic neuropathy, obturator neuropathy, superior and inferior gluteal neuropathies and pudendal neuropathy will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • Compression neuropathies
  • Entrapment neuropathies
  • Femoral nerve
  • Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve
  • Lower extremity
  • Obturator nerve
  • Pudendal nerve
  • Sciatic nerve
  • Superior and inferior gluteal nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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