reflex sympathetic dystrophy

noun

Definition of reflex sympathetic dystrophy

: 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

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1946

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reflex sympathetic dystrophy

noun

medical Definition of reflex sympathetic dystrophy

: 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 Medicine31 Aug. 2000
abbreviation RSD — see shoulder-hand syndrome

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