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North Clin Istanb. 2016 Apr 4;3(2):131-134. doi: 10.14744/nci.2015.33043. eCollection 2016.

Inflammatory arthritis mimicking Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in a child: A case report.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Goztepe Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics, Red Crescent Society Private Commodity Exchange Hospital, Konya, Turkey.


Joint complaints in childhood are seen frequently and differential diagnosis can be difficult. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common rheumatological disease of childhood. It involves peripheral joint arthritis, chronic synovitis, and extra-articular manifestations. Accurate diagnosis can take a long time and sometimes multiple diagnoses are used while following the patient until a final diagnosis can be reached. Arthritis may be triggered by trauma and confused with other diseases like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), in which trauma plays a role in the etiology. In the present case, ankle pain in an 8-year-old girl was misdiagnosed as CRPS.


Arthritis; child; complex regional pain syndrome

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