[Complex regional pain syndrome type 1: negating the myth]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 159, (2015), pp. A8370
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences; Radboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 3: Disorders of movement DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-1) was identified in the Netherlands more than 30 years ago, but since then the arguments supporting this diagnosis have become weaker. Incidence has decreased, it is often not possible to make a definite diagnosis, the pathophysiology remains unclear and treatments are extremely diverse. Since the patient group is so heterogeneous, it is often unclear exactly which patients should be included. Disuse due to immobilization can give an identical clinical picture, including the inflammatory parameters that are seen in CRPS-1. CRPS-1 following injury can be prevented with exercise, and incidence is declining dramatically. Taking these factors into consideration, we support the view that CRPS-1 is not an illness but rather a 'disuse syndrome' as a result of immobilization, or there may be a missed underlying diagnosis.
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