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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Recent Examples on the Web Williams was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a pain disorder with no clear cause that can persist for years. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2020 Appelbaum, who lives with chronic pain (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), co-founded the lab with Whetter and works as the vice president of communications at RespectAbility. Laura Zornosa, chicagotribune.com, 20 Aug. 2020 Cynthia McCullough of Charlotte told her insurer that reflex sympathetic dystrophy left her unable to bathe and dress. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, 10 Mar. 2018 The injury led to the development of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, also known as complex regional pain syndrome, which has no cure. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, 17 Oct. 2017

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Reflex sympathetic dystrophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reflex%20sympathetic%20dystrophy. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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 Medicine, 31 Aug. 2000 abbreviation RSD — see shoulder-hand syndrome

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