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Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a vague painful condition seen as a sequel of infection or
trauma which may be minor. It is characterized by pain, hyperesthesia and tenderness, which are out of
proportion to the physical findings. It does not have an acute onset like in this patient and is not associated
with compartment syndrome. Sudeck's atrophy is a radiographic term for spotty rarefaction seen in patients
with reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
i cant get much out of it....the cause of symptoms...pain,hyperesthetia...??...and radiographic rarefaction...does anyone know their cause or have concept to it ? please reply.
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) is relatively common and has been reported to occur after 5% of all traumatic injuries. It may occur following fractures to the extremities, joint sprains or following surgery. It has also been reported following immobilisation and frostbite. It is thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the sympathetic nervous system, which is involved in the regulation of blood supply to the affected part. The condition is often not diagnosed until sometime after the initial symptoms begin.

The main symptoms begin with a generalised burning pain; this is usually followed by changes in the condition of the skin, which may become shiny.

drug treatment for RSDS can include tricyclic antidepressants, non steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and/or corticosteroids.

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any concepts behind or cram ?
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