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Pain. 1990 Sep;42(3):307-11.

Treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy with topical capsaicin. Case report.

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Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599-7025.

Abstract

A 31-year-old woman with intractable reflex sympathetic dystrophy experienced nearly complete, though temporary, resolution of pain following 3 weeks of topical capsaicin. We propose that capsaicin may be a useful treatment for reflex sympathetic dystrophy, either by depleting substance P from primary afferent neurons that mediate allodynia, or by modulating sympathetic efferent activity.

PMID:
1701233
DOI:
10.1016/0304-3959(90)91143-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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