What is the role of chemical sympathectomy in the treatment 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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For chemical sympathectomy, phenol or alcohol in injected to ablate the sympathetic chain. Perform this only if the patient is at a very high surgical risk for hoarseness from a recurrent laryngeal nerve injury, lung injury, or permanent Horner syndrome.


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