What types of penetrating wounds can lead to complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS 1) (RSD)?

Updated: Sep 09, 2018
  • Author: T P Sudha Rao, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Answer

CRPS 1 is usually posttraumatic or postsurgical; however, it can occur in a previously healthy extremity with no known trigger.

Penetrating wounds that can lead to CRPS 1 include the following:

  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Venipuncture
  • Intramuscular injection of medication or illicit drugs
  • Gunshot wounds

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