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can removal of the genito femoral nerve for relieving chronic groin pain, result in absent cremasteric reflex that side?

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Dr. Timothy Silver
23 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: The genitofemoral nerve is responsible for both the efferent and afferent limbs of the cremasteric reflex. The ilioinguinal nerve (l1) is also involved in the afferent limb of the reflex. So it is possible for some for the reflex to return in time with some nerve regrowth and sprouting, but most will lose this reflex.
Answered on Mar 13, 2015
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