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What is Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

What is Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: A condition characterized by pain and reduced range of motion in the shoulder and hand of the affected arm.
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: A complex regional pain syndrome characterized by burning pain and marked sensitivity to touch (HYPERESTHESIA) in the distribution of an injured peripheral nerve. Autonomic dysfunction in the form of sudomotor (i.e., sympathetic innervation to sweat glands), vasomotor, and trophic skin changes may also occur. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1359)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: a burning pain in a limb along the course of a peripheral nerve; usually associated with skin changes.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, or a subtype of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Introduction

Types of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome:

Broader types of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome:

Who gets Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

Patient Profile for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Mostly 40-60, though any age possible.

Profile for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: RSDS can strike at any age but is more common between the ages of 40 and 60, although the number of RSDS cases among adolescents and young adults is increasing. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

How serious is Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

Prognosis of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Prognosis depends largely on timely diagnosis and use of early aggressive therapy.
Complications of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: see complications of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
Prognosis of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Good progress can be made in treating RSDS if treatment is begun early, ideally within three months of the first symptoms. Early treatment often results in remission. If treatment is delayed, however, the disorder can quickly spread to the entire limb, and changes in bone and muscle may become irreversible. In 50 percent of RSDS cases, pain persists longer than 6 months and sometimes for years. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

Causes of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: see causes of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
Causes of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: The cause of RSDS is unknown. The disorder is unique in that it simultaneously affects the nerves, skin, muscles, blood vessels, and bones. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

What are the symptoms of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

Symptoms of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: see symptoms of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome

Complications of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: see complications of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome

Onset of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: CRPS is most common in people aged 20-35. The syndrome also can occur in children.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.
Treatments for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: see treatments for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
Research for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: see research for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome

Organs Affected by Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome:

Organs and body systems related to Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome include:

Name and Aliases of Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome

Main name of condition: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome

Other names or spellings for Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome:

complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), complex regional pain syndrome, causalgia, CRPS, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, RSDS, algodystrophy, algoneurodystrophy, causalgia syndrome, posttraumatic dystrophy, reflex neurovascular dystrophy, shoulder-hand syndrome, Steinbrocker syndrome, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Complex regional pain syndrome type 2 Source - Diseases Database

CRPS, Causalgia, Complex regional pain syndrome, RSDS, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Causalgia, Complex regional pain syndrome, RSDS, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Complex regional pain syndrome, RSDS, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, CRPS, RSDS, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, CRPS, Causalgia, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, CRPS, Causalgia, Complex regional pain syndrome
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Related Conditions

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