Complex regional pain syndrome

Sandeep J Sebastin
2011 Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery  
ABSTRACTComplex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a chronic neurological disorder involving the limbs characterized by disabling pain, swelling, vasomotor instability, sudomotor abnormality, and impairment of motor function. CRPS is not uncommon after hand surgery and may complicate post-operative care. There is no specific diagnostic test for CRPS and the diagnosis is based on history, clinical examination, and supportive laboratory findings.
more » ... nt modifications to diagnostic criteria have enabled clinicians to diagnose this disease more consistently. This review gives a synopsis of CRPS and discusses the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment options based on the limited evidence in the literature.
doi:10.1055/s-0039-1699507 fatcat:kozwqc7e2bgovisfzu6fz7uafe