Causalgia

Another pain syndrome which will be discussed is post-traumatic vasomotor dystrophy (causalgia), which is not thoracic outlet syndrome but may still be managed by the thoracic surgeon under appropriate circumstances. This is a syndrome of intense burning pain resulting from trauma, in which the patient experiences severe pain long after the episode of the trauma. This may be elicited by such minor things such as cool air blowing on the extremity. A thoracic sympathec-tomy may be curative at times for these individuals.

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