Complex regional pain syndrome of non-hemiplegic upper limb in a stroke patient: A case report

Ahry Lee, Youjin Jung, Hee Kyu Kwon, Sung Bom Pyun

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Abstract

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) type I in stroke patients is usually known to affect the hemiplegic upper limb. We report a case of CRPS presented in an ipsilesional arm of a 72-year-old female patient after an ischemic stroke at the left middle cerebral artery territory. Clinical signs such as painful range of motion and hyperalgesia of her left upper extremity, swollen left hand, and dystonic posture were suggestive of CRPS. A three-phase bone scintigraphy showed increased uptake in all phases in the ipsilesional arm. Diffusion tensor tractography showed significantly decreased fiber numbers of the corticospinal tract and the spinothalamic tract in both unaffected and affected hemispheres. Pain and range of motion of the left arm of the patient improved after oral steroids with a starting dose of 50 mg/day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-179
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1

Keywords

  • Complex regional pain syndromes
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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