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Horses or zebras: a delayed diagnosis of meralgia paraesthetica
  1. Elisabeth Ng1,
  2. Adel Ekladious2,
  3. Priyanka Gahlot2
  1. 1Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elisabeth Ng, elisabethhng{at}

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A 75-year-old woman presented with a 3-week history of escalating nocturnal neuropathic pain affecting her left thigh. This pain was described as sharp and ‘shooting’ in nature, primarily in the upper outer part of her thigh, with a severity of ‘10/10’ at its worst. She had a medical history of osteoarthritis, hypercholesterolaemia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, a complete left bundle branch block with normal cardiac function and intestinal metaplasia for which she was undergoing regular endoscopic surveillance. She provided a strong family history of malignancy, with colorectal cancer in her sister, ovarian cancer in her mother, oesophageal cancer in her father, and lung and prostate cancer in her brother. Of note, in this time she had not experienced any trauma, fevers, fatigue, altered bowel habits, or weight loss.

The clinical exam revealed loss of the ankle reflex on the left side despite …

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