reflex sympathetic dystrophy

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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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Cynthia McCullough of Charlotte told her insurer that reflex sympathetic dystrophy left her unable to bathe and dress. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "NC pastor claimed crippling disease. Photo showed her playing Skee-Ball, lawsuit says. | Charlotte Observer," 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, "Fundraiser set for Mandeville Army vet awaiting bionic arm," 17 Oct. 2017

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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reflex sympathetic dystrophy

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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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