Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: Consensus report of an ad hoc committee of the american association for hand surgery on the definition of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome

Peter C. Amadio, Susan E. Mackinnon, Wyndell H. Merritt, Garry S. Brody, Julia K. Terzis

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This report proposes that reflex sympathetic dystrophy be defined as a pain syndrome in which the pain is accompanied by loss of function and evidence of autonomic dysfunction. In the clinical setting, this diagnosis is usually associated with other anatomic and psychological diagnoses and may be associated with a variety of systemic illnesses and medicolegal factors. All components should be assessed before a treatment plan is established. Priorities should go to emergency care, acute injuries, and systemic illness, psychiatric problems, and chronic anatomic problems, in that order. Early, accurate diagnosis improves prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-375
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1991


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  • Surgery

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