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Sudeck's dystrophy

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A variant of the reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome with acute atrophy of bones, commonly of the carpal or tarsal bones, following a minor injury such as sprain. It is characterised by a burning pain that is exacerbated by emotional stress. Prevalent in old people and in women.

Clinical description by Sudeck in 1900, roentgenological by Kienböck in 1901.


  • P. H. M. Sudeck:
    Über die akute entzündliche Knochenatrophie.
    Archiv für klinische Chirurgie, Berlin, 1900, 62: 147. Über die akute entzündliche Knochenatrophie.
    Verhandlungen der deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie, Berlin, 1900, 29: 673-682. Über die akute (reflektorische) Knochenatrophie nach Entzündungen und Verletzungen an den Extremitäten und ihre klinischen Erscheinungen.
    Fortschritte auf dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen, 1901/1902, 5: 277. Die kollateralen Entzündungsreaktionen an den Gliedmassen (sogenannte akute Knochenatrophie). Archiv für klinische Chirurgie, Berlin, 1938, 191: 710.
  • R. Kienböck:
    Über akute Knochenatrophie bei Entzündungsprosessen an den Extremitäten (fälschlich sogenannte Inaktivitätssatrophie des Knochens) und ihre Diagnose nach dem Röntgenbilde.
    Wiener medizinische Wochenschrift, 1901: 1346-1348, 1389-1392, 1427-1430, 1462-1466, 1508-1511, 1591-1596.
  • R. Leriche:
    La Chirurgie de la Douleur. Paris: Masson, 1937.
    English translation by Archibald Young (1873-1939), Regius professor of surgery at the University of Glasgow: The surgery of pain. Baltimore 1939.
    The book went through three editions and was translated into several foreign languages.

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