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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD / CPRS) Diagnosis


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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy SyndromeReflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is often times difficult to diagnose due to the fact that symptoms are different for each patient and can be manifested in a number of different ways. Read below for comprehensive diagnostic criteria.

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What’s the problem?

CRPS types I & II share the following diagnostic criteria:

  • There is a history of edema, skin blood flow abnormality, or abnormal sweating in the region of the pain since the inciting event.
  • No other conditions can account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

No specific test is available for CRPS, which is diagnosed primarily though the observation of symptoms. However, thermography, sweat testing, x-rays, electrodiagnostics, and sympathetic blocks can be used to help build a picture of the disorder. Diagnosis is complicated by the fact that some patients improve without treatment. A delay in diagnosis and / or treatment can result in severe physical pain and psychological problems. Early recognition and prompt treatment provide the greatest opportunity for recovery.

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) lists the diagnostic criteria for complex regional pain syndrome I (CRPS I) (RSDS) as follows:

  • The presence of an initiating noxious event or a cause of immobilization
  • Continuing pain, allodynia (perception of pain from a nonpainful stimulus), or hyperalgesia disproportionate to the inciting event
  • Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow, or abnormal sudomotor activity in the area of pain
  • The diagnosis is excluded by the existence of any condition that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

According to the IASP, CRPS II (causalgia) is diagnosed as follows:

  • The presence of continuing pain, allodynia, or hyperalgesia after a nerve injury, not necessarily limited to the distribution of the injured nerve
  • Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow, or abnormal sudomotor activity in the region of pain
  • The diagnosis is excluded by the existence of any condition that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

Do I have a RSD / CRPS Lawsuit?

The Personal Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in RSD / CRPS lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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