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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome -- also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) -- is a debilitating and progressively chronic condition characterized by symptoms such as severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, excessive sweating, tissue swelling and extreme sensitivity to touch.

  • RSDS is thought to be the result of damaged nerves of the sympathetic nervous system; it generally occurs at the site of a minor or major trauma injury, but may also occur without an apparent injury.

  • RSDS is unique in that it simultaneously affects the nerves, skin, muscles, blood vessels and bones

  • If untreated, RSDS may result in permanent deformity and chronic pain.

  • RSDS is often misdiagnosed because this condition is poorly understood; the prognosis is generally much better when the condition is identified and treated as early as possible, ideally within three months of identifying the first symptoms.

Below are links to more information about RSDS. If you need further information, please contact the Division of Family Health Services at 609-292-4043.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association -- Website gives patients, family members, and healthcare professionals up-to-date information on treatment, legislation, support groups, research, fundraising, and patient stories. The website is not intended to provide advice on personal medical matters or to substitute for consultation with a physician.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – NIND’s Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Information Page includes questions and answers on the syndrome, as well as links to research studies, pain organizations and helpful publications.


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