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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

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RSD Article #9

Clinical Report

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.

Key Words: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy-Causalgia-Sudek's atrophy- Lumbar laminectomy

Dennis W. Dobritt, and Craig T. Hartrick. (Clinical Report) Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Associated With Multiple Lumbar Laminectomies. The Clinical Journal of Pain 2:119-121 1986.