Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is a painful condition that describes a collection of symptoms that represent dysregulation of the pain perception apparatus, sensory and motor nervous pathways and vascular systems. Patients experience pain, usually in an extremity, associated with any combination of hypersensitivity, swelling, colour change, tremor, inco-ordination, abnormal sweating, and skin, hair and nail changes.

CRPS is incompletely understood, and it may occur with or without a triggering injury/event. Diagnosis is often delayed, and the importance of early diagnosis and aggressive management is often not appreciated.

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