Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Steven Doerr, MD
Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.
In this Article
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) facts
- What is reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)?
- What causes reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)?
- What are the symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)?
- How is reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)?
- What is the prognosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)?
- Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) be prevented?
What is the prognosis for reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
The prognosis (outlook) and response to treatment in patients with RSD is unpredictable. As previously mentioned, instituting treatment early in the course of the condition leads to better outcomes.
Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) be prevented?
There is some evidence that early immobilization of patients with stroke or heart attack can help decrease the chances of developing RSD. Also, there have been studies demonstrating a decrease in the risk of developing RSD in patients with bony fractures using daily Vitamin C supplementation.
REFERENCE: J H Klippel et.al., Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases, 13th Edition, Springer, 2008.
Last Editorial Review: 11/11/2011
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