What is the role of radiography in the workup of 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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Plain radiographs usually demonstrate pronounced demineralization in the underlying bony skeleton of the involved extremity (ie, Sudeck atrophy) that may become more severe with disease progression. No joint erosions are present. Demineralization begins at the ends of the bones and progresses to become homogeneous.


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