Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 46, Issue 7, pp 983–987 | Cite as

MRI-guided cryoablation of the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve for the treatment of neuropathy-mediated sitting pain

  • Dharmdev H. Joshi
  • Gaurav K. Thawait
  • Filippo Del Grande
  • Jan FritzEmail author
Case Report


Neuropathy of the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve may manifest as pain and paresthesia in the skin over the inferior buttocks, posterior thigh, and popliteal region. Current treatment options include physical and oral pain therapy, perineural injections, and surgical neurectomy. Perineural steroid injections may provide short-term pain relief; however, to our knowledge, there is currently no minimally invasive denervation procedure for sustained pain relief that could serve as an alternative to surgical neurectomy. Percutaneous cryoablation of nerves is a minimally invasive technique that induces a sustained nerve conduction block through temporary freezing of the neural layers. It can result in long-lasting pain relief, but has not been described for the treatment of neuropathy-mediated PFCN pain. We report a technique of MR-guided cryoablation of the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve resulting in successful treatment of PFCN-mediated sitting pain. Cryoablation of the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve seems a promising, minimally invasive treatment option that deserves further investigation.


Cryoablation Nerve Neuralgia Posterior femoral cutaneous nerve Neuropathy Treatment 


Compliance with ethical standards

The data of this case report were obtained under an internal review board-approved protocol for prospective data collection and with informed consent.

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dharmdev H. Joshi
    • 1
  • Gaurav K. Thawait
    • 1
  • Filippo Del Grande
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jan Fritz
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Section of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Servizio di RadiologiaLuganoSwitzerland

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