Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • René F. Rodríguez Anestesiólogo, docente Universidad Libre Cali. Clínica del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos de la Clínica Rafael Uribe Uribe. Grupo Investigación CADPAL. Cali, Colombia.
  • Ana María Ángel Isaza Universidad Libre Cali. Grupo Investigación Clínica para el Alivio del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos CADPAL. Cali, Colombia
Keywords: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, pain, Causalgia, Peripheral Nerves, Hyperalgesia


Introduction. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic disabling disorder that occurs after an injury. Pain, changes in the color and temperature of the skin, edema and trophic changes are the main characteristics of this syndrome.

Objective. To provide a current literature overview of the CRPS to improve its understanding.

Methodology. An extensive literature search both in indexed journals and pain medicine books was performed. Forty eight articles and 4 book chapters about pain medicine were included.

Conclusion. CRPS is difficult to manage and if it is not treated adequately, functionality of the affected limb can be compromised. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the severity and duration of this condition.


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