reflex sympathetic dystrophy

noun

Definition of reflex sympathetic dystrophy

  1. :  a painful disorder that usually follows a localized injury, that is marked by burning pain, swelling, and motor and sensory disturbances especially of an extremity, and that is often considered a type of complex regional pain syndrome in which peripheral nerve injury has not been identified —abbreviation RSD

First Known Use of reflex sympathetic dystrophy

1946


Medical Dictionary

reflex sympathetic dystrophy

noun

Medical Definition of reflex sympathetic dystrophy

  1. :  a painful disorder that usually follows a localized injury, that is marked by burning pain, swelling, and motor and sensory disturbances especially of an extremity, and that is often considered a type of complex regional pain syndrome in which peripheral nerve injury has not been identified Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a pain syndrome of unknown pathophysiology that affects the foot or the hand. The disorder may be caused by trauma or surgery or may develop spontaneously.—Marius A. Kemler et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 31 Aug. 2000—abbreviation RSD; see shoulder-hand syndrome


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