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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome or Scar Tissue

01/31/2008

Question:

I had carpal tunnel surgery. Then, 5 weeks later I developed terrible pain. I was told 4 months later I had RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome). My Question: could I have scar tissue in my hand? I had an MRI and it didn`t show anything. Please help.

Answer:

RSD and scar tissue are two different issues. RSD could be as a results of a nerve injury, and scar tissue could cause pulling on the nerve and that in turn will cause pain.

You need to be seen by a specialist to make that distinction.

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Response by:

Hammam  Akbik, MD, FIPP Hammam Akbik, MD, FIPP
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati