Medial femoral cutaneous nerve conduction

H. J. Lee, J. R. Bach, J. A. Delisa

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Medial femoral cutaneous nerve (MFCN), a sensory branch of the femoral nerve, supplies the skin on the anterior medial aspect of the thigh and knee. A conduction study for this nerve is described. A recording electrode was placed anterior-medially in the thigh and 14 cm distal to the stimulating cathode that was placed immediately lateral to the femoral artery just below the inguinal ligament. Sixty-four nerves of 32 adults with a mean age of 40 yr (range, 21-56) were tested. The latencies to the onset and peak were 2.4 ± 0.2 and 2.9 ± 0.2 ms, respectively. The amplitude of baseline to negative peak was 4.9 ± 1.0 μV. The conduction velocity calculated by the distance divided by the onset latency was 60 ± 5 m/s. We conclude that the MFCN is accessible for electrophysiologic evaluation, which may help in diagnosing the MFCN or femoral neuropathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-307
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


  • Medial Femoral Cutaneous Nerve
  • Nerve Conduction
  • Peripheral Neuropathy


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