Ilioinguinal Nerve Entrapment: Pelvic

  • Natalia MurinovaEmail author
  • Daniel Krashin
  • Andrea M. Trescot


Ilioinguinal nerve entrapment is a common cause of groin or inguinal area pain. The ilioinguinal nerve can become entrapped after pelvic or hernia surgery, which can result in disabling pain in the inguinal area, lateral genitalia, or abdominal wall. The distribution and features of this pain can vary between patients, depending on anatomic variations in the course of the ilioinguinal nerve and the location of the entrapment. The pain can be diagnosed with nerve blocks and treated with neurolysis or neurectomy. Ilioinguinal entrapment causing abdominal pain is discussed in Chap. 40; this chapter discusses ilioinguinal entrapment causing groin and pelvic pain.


Ilioinguinal nerve Ilioinguinal nerve entrapment Groin pain Post-hernia pain Pelvic pain Inguinodynia 

Supplementary material

Video 44.1

Physical exam of the ilioinguinal nerve (MOV 69110 kb)

Video 44.2

Landmark-guided injection of the ilioinguinal nerve (MOV 58145 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Murinova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Krashin
    • 2
  • Andrea M. Trescot
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Headache ClinicUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Pain and Anesthesia and Psychiatry Departments, Chronic Fatigue ClinicUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Pain and Headache CenterAnchorageUSA

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