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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy aka RSD, Sudek's Atrophy
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) affects extremities. It is also known as
Etiology unknown but felt to be neural s/p
Trauma of any degree.
Myocardial infarction (usually left hand).
Clinically, one observes
Skin findings including STS, hyperthesia, vasomotor changes.
Radiographically, there is
Prominent periarticular osteopenia.
Preservation of joint space. (very important).
Increased uptake on bone scan.
Rarely, only a segment of an extremity is involved.
Prognosis is variable
Some cases last for years and may become irreversible.
Various arthridities (erosions and/or loss of joint space should be present.)
Osteoporosis and syndromes associated with osteoporosis.
Type: Case Study
Author/Contact: Mike Tobin
Submitted by: admin
Added: Sun Dec 17 2006
Last Modified: Mon Aug 03 2009