Complex regional pain syndrome

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Abstract

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder of the musculoskeletal system that primarily relates to abnormal functioning of the sensory, sympathetic, and motor nerves. The clinical picture is varied, but the main components are those of regional pain and tenderness disproportionate to any inciting event and commonly coupled with vasomotor (swelling and color change), sudomotor (sweating), or motor abnormality (stiffness, weakness, tremor, or dystonia). There are a number of clinical presentations of CRPS, with milder forms being fairly common and having a good prognosis, but less common and more severe CRPS often responding poorly to treatment and being more persistent. Pain, emotional distress, and disability characterize this disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrimer on the Rheumatic Diseases
Subtitle of host publicationThirteenth Edition
PublisherSpringer
Pages509-513
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780387356648
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

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