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[Sudeck's disease after radius fracture].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Unfallchirurg. Abteilung und bg. Sonderstation für Schwerunfallverletzte am Krankenhaus Ev. Stift., Koblenz.


Clinical and radiological features of Sudeck's dystrophy following radius fracture are described. Peripheral and endogenous factors are pointed out. Therapy consists in preventing and alleviating pain by primary immobilisation combined with gentle physical therapy of the non-involved parts of both upper extremities. Calcitonin, non-steroid antirheumatic and anxiolytic drugs should be administered simultaneously. The physician's care and tolerance of the mentally upset and labile patient are essential. Physiotherapy plays a major role in the long-standing rehabilitation process.

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