Traumatic 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:
- Muscle atrophy:
- Decrease in size of the muscle
- Numbness of the affected area
- Tenderness of the affected area
- Excessive sweating in the affected area
- Thin, cool skin
- Muscle spasms
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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