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Complex regional pain syndrome 

Complex regional pain syndrome
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Complex regional pain syndrome
Author(s):

Roger M. Atkins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.0011
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date: 07 December 2019

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disabling chronic pain condition of unknown aetiology

Traditionally it was thought to be rare; however, prospective studies demonstrate it to be common following both trauma and operative procedures involving the upper and lower limbs

The condition is usually self-limiting over a maximum period of 2 years, although minor abnormalities may remain

In a minority of cases it does not resolve and is responsible for severe chronic disability

Treatment is aimed at functional restoration of limb function supported by pharmacological intervention.

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