Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Evaluation

The evaluation of someone with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings are limited to one area of the body, usually in an arm or leg.

Physical findings in someone with reflex sympathetic dystrophy may include:

Testing may be necessary to make the diagnosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Tests that may be used to evaluate reflex sympathetic dystrophy include:

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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