European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 147, Issue 1, pp 47–50 | Cite as

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy: an underreported syndrome in children?

  • R. -A. Lemahieu
  • C. Van Laere
  • L. A. Verbruggen
Original Investigations


Two cases of reflex sympathetic dystrophy are described in a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old girl. In the latter, symptoms occurred consecutively in the right leg, the left foot and the left hand. In contrast to the usual findings in adults, bone scintigraphy showed decreased radio-isotope uptake in the affected area during the early phase. An electromyography performed in the younger patient showed slower nerve conduction velocity in the affected limb. The younger girl improved following physical therapy and calcitonin injections, while the older patient favorably responded to sympathetic blockade.

Key words

Nuclear imaging Reflex sympathetic dystrophy Reflex neurovascular dystrophy Algodystrophy 



reflex sympathetic dystrophy

99mTc MDP

technetium-99m methylene-disphosphonate


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. -A. Lemahieu
    • 1
  • C. Van Laere
    • 2
  • L. A. Verbruggen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsAkademisch Ziekenhuis Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Rheumatology UnitAkademisch Ziekenhuis Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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