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Is it rare to have reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the knee?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld answered

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Yes: Rsd or chronic regional pain syndrome is usually seen in the upper or lower extremities and usually involves a wider area than the knee itself. For instance, we may see it involving the calf, ankle and foot or hand wrist and forearm. I have heard of this diagnosis being made in a single joint like the knee but I have never seen it myself.

Answered 9/5/2017

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Dr. Pierre Moeser answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Yes: Rsd affects larger areas such as the ankle and foot or an area from the knee down to the foot. I have even seen the entire leg affected. Upper extremities can also be affected. An isolated area such as the knee would be very uncommon for rsd.

Answered 6/11/2012

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Dr. Robert Madden answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Not at all: RSD commonly affects extremities, particularly in locations susceptible to trauma. The knee may be involved secondary to a blunt trauma or sports injury, and after surgery such as arthroscopy or joint replacement.

Answered 6/17/2014

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