Surgery for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1) Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jan 26, 2021
  • Author: Satishchandra Kale, MD, MBBS, MBA, MCh(Orth), FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Tr&Orth); Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS, FAOA, FABOS, FAAOS  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

No screening tests exist for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS); accordingly, all inviduals with suspected CRPS should undergo diagnostic assessment by a clinician. [15] Diagnostic tools validated for use in adults include the Veldman criteria, the Internation Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) criteria, the Budapest criteria, and the Budapest research criteria; no diagnostic tools have yet been identified for pediatric patients. [15]  

Other problems to be considered in the differential diagnosis include the following: