Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (cont.)

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What is the prognosis for reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)

The prognosis (outlook) and response to treatment in patients with RSD is unpredictable. As previously mentioned, instituting treatment early in the course of the condition leads to better outcomes.

Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) be prevented?

There is some evidence that early immobilization of patients with stroke or heart attack can help decrease the chances of developing RSD. Also, there have been studies demonstrating a decrease in the risk of developing RSD in patients with bony fractures using daily Vitamin C supplementation.

Medically reviewed Jon Glass, MD; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology

REFERENCE: J H Klippel, Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases, 13th Edition, Springer, 2008.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/11/2014

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