What is included in the inpatient care of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Updated: Nov 08, 2018
  • Author: Steven J Parrillo, DO, FACOEP, FACEP; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Although not FDA approved in the United States, in some countries, patients with complex regional pain syndrome are hospitalized and placed on continuous intravenous infusions of medications such as lidocaine or ketamine. As a dissociative anesthetic, the latter is intended to "erase" the memory of dysfunctioning neurons. Results have been variable.


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