Sudeck's atrophy (Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Complex regional pain syndrome 1)
- What is Sudeck's atrophy?
- Statistics on Sudeck's atrophy
- Risk Factors for Sudeck's atrophy
- Progression of Sudeck's atrophy
- How is Sudeck's atrophy Diagnosed?
- Prognosis of Sudeck's atrophy
- How is Sudeck's atrophy Treated?
- Sudeck's atrophy References
- Drugs/Products Associated with Sudeck's atrophy
What is Sudeck's atrophy?
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome or Sudeck's atrophy involves a disturbance in the sympathetic nervous system. The latter is the the network of nerves that controls many bodily functions - and in the skin it is responsible for opening and closing blood vessels, and controlling sweat glands. In RSDS there is pain, as well as swelling and disability (often after injury) associated with other signs of sympatethic nerve dysfunction (initially warm and dry, and later cold and moist skin) in the affected area. It primarily affects the hands and feet.
Statistics on Sudeck's atrophy
Sudeck's atrophy is reasonably common - it may occur after as many as 5% of traumatic injuries. RSDS frequently occurs between the ages of 40 and 60 but also can occur in children and the elderly. It is more common among women.
Risk Factors for Sudeck's atrophy
Progression of Sudeck's atrophy
How is Sudeck's atrophy Diagnosed?
The diagnosis is clinical, however, an x-ray may reveal osteoporosis of the underlying bone later in the process.
Prognosis of Sudeck's atrophy
The problem eventually settles though it may take years.
How is Sudeck's atrophy Treated?
The mainstay of treatment includes:
Sudeck's atrophy References
- Collier, J., Longmore M., Brown TD., Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties 5th Ed.
- Kumar P, Clark M. CLINICAL MEDICINE. WB Saunders 2002;
- Murtagh, J. General Practice. Second Ed. McGraw-Hill, 1998.
Treatments Used in This Disease:
Drugs/Products Used in the Treatment of This Disease:
- Brufen (Ibuprofen)
- GenRx Diclofenac (Diclofenac sodium)
- GenRx Piroxicam Dispersible Tablets (Piroxicam)
- Naprosyn SR (Naproxen)
|Modified: 12/9/2008||Created: 29/12/2003|
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