Reflex sympathetic dystrophy after a minor electric shock

Eric M. Demun, Joan L. Redd, Kay A. Buchanan, Timothy J. Brennan, John C. Rowlingson, Harvey N. Himel, Raymond F. Morgan, Richard F. Edlich

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A 37-year-old right-handed female sustained a minor electric shock to her right hand while changing a bulb in a Kodak Reliant Intelligent Microfilmer 2000. She noted a progressive onset of parasthesias of her right hand that became associated with throbbing pain at rest, as well as swelling and profound weakness of her hand during the next two months. Plethysmography demonstrated arterial vasoconstriction of her right hand. Her reflex sympathetic dystrophy was successfully treated with cervicothoracic sympathetic blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-396
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • causalgia
  • cervicothoracic sympathetic block
  • electric shock
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • sympathetic nervous system


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