Centrally induced sympathetic dystrophy of the upper extremity

B. N. Hathaway, G. E. Hill, A. Ohmura

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The syndrome of sympathetic dystrophy (or causalgia) remains an enigma. Normally associated with traumatic injury to a peripheral nerve, the present case is, to the authors' knowledge, the first report of sympathetic dystrophy of 'central' origin. The patient displayed many typical features of this syndrome: constant, unremitting pain described as burning or aching, and developing shortly after the initiating event. On physical examination, the involved extremity was cool and moist, with atrophic skin and hair loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-374
Number of pages2
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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