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RSD Article # 9
The following article Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Associated with Multiple Lumbar Laminectomies was published in the medical journal The Clinical Journal of Pain 2:119-121 1986.
This article was co-authored by Dennis W. Dobritt and Craig T. Hartrick
Below is an abstract from the article Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Associated with Multiple Lumbar Laminectomies.
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Associated With Multiple Lumbar Laminectomies
Dennis W. Dobritt and Craig T. Hartrick
Providence Hospital, Southfield Michigan, U.S.A.
Abstract: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is an often devastating chronic pain condition that can develop following relatively trivial traumatic events. The precise mechanism and predisposing factors governing the development and progression of this syndrome are not completely understood. However, RSD most commonly presents distally in an extremity following injury to the limb. Rarely has it been reported following lumbar laminectomy or ruptured lumbar disc (1, 2). Of those cases reported, the RSD was relatively acute, mild, and unilateral (1-3). We present a case of severe, chronic, bilateral RSD following multiple laminectomies and propose a possible mechanism to explain these findings.