Complex regional pain syndrome

Roger M. Atkins

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Complex regional pain syndrome

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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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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Pain Medicine

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