Early Predictors of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Published on February 23, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Randall Kaye, MD., Chief Medical Officer of Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. What could help identify patients with CRPS earlier? While increasing one's index of suspicion is likely the best way to promote early detection, please consider the strong predictors described below.   CRPS is often triggered by minor or major trauma, such as needle stick, wrist fracture, surgery, but it can also occur spontaneously. In the general population, CRPS seems to occur most often after fracture (40%-60% of CRPS cases) and surgery is the next most common precipitating event. Sprains, contusions, and crush injuries are also known triggers. Retrospective population-based studies founds that CRPS is 3 to 4 times more frequent in women than in men, more commonly affects the…
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