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Sympathetic blockade for complex regional pain syndrome

Drummond, P.D. and Finch, P.M. (2014) Sympathetic blockade for complex regional pain syndrome. Pain, 155 (11). pp. 2218-2219.

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Abstract

In the 1990s, the dogma that sympathetic blockade was a first-line treatment for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) was shattered by accusations that benefits were due to placebo effects and that this treatment approach was “entrepreneurially inspired” [7]. Since then, systematic examination of the literature base has provided little support for the use of local anesthetic sympathetic blockade for CRPS, and has highlighted the scarcity of high-quality double-blind placebo-controlled trials with an adequate sample size and follow-up period [1,9]. However, as sympathetic blockade continues to be used therapeutically for CRPS in clinical practice [10], further examination of its efficacy is imperative...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2014 International Association for the Study of Pain
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24983
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