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J Korean Child Neurol Soc. 2000 Dec;8(2):319-323. Korean. Case Report.
Jeong KJ , Choi BS , Kim BJ , Woo YJ , Ma JS .
Department of Pediatrics, Chonnam National University Medical School, Kwangju, Korea.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) is a well-recognized disorder in adult group. But it is rarely diagnosed in the pediatric age group. RSDS is often a response to a physical or an emotional distress. Diagnosis of RSDS is made on a clinical basis whenever a patient with a painful limb presenting two or more of the following signs and symptoms : Persistent pain and swelling, vasomotor instability, trophic skin changes in the same extremity and autonomic imbalance. We report a case of RSDS in a 14- year-old girl. Her left arm was cold, edematous and blue with a limited active range of movement. Bone scan and thermography showed abnormal findings in affected arm. Prednisolone therapy, 60mg/day, was started. She also received sympathetic blocks and conservative treatment with physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, psychological therapy and anti-depressants. She showed gradual improvement in symptoms and signs.

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