Complex regional pain syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
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Complex regional pain syndrome most often affects one of the arms, legs, hands, or feet. Often the pain spreads to include the entire arm or leg. Typical features include dramatic changes in the color and temperature of the skin over the affected limb or body part, accompanied by intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, and swelling. Other symptoms may include changes in nail or hair growth, thin and dry skin, stiff muscles and joints, loss of muscle, limited mobility in the affected limb, and muscle and tendon contractions.
Last updated: 10/19/2011
- NINDS Complex regional pain syndrome information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. April 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/reflex_sympathetic_dystrophy/reflex_sympathetic_dystrophy.htm. Accessed 10/19/2011.
- Complex regional pain syndrome. MedlinePlus. 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007184.htm. Accessed 5/20/2009.