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RSD Article # 4

The following article Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Associated with Low Lumbar Disc Herniation was published in the medical journal Spine. 6: (2)180-184, March/April 1981.

This article was co-authored by Philip M. Bernini, M.D., and Frederick A. Simeone, M.D.

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RSD Article #4

 

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Associated With

Low Lumbar Disc Herniation

PHILIP M. BERNINI, MD,* and FREDERICK A. SIMEONE, MD

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy can be associated with lumbar disc herniations. Both central and peripheral neuroanatomic pathways can be implicated in the development of this syndrome. Clinical findings of vasomotor instability in the leg supported by plain roentgenograms showing osteopenia, bone scan showing increased uptake, and a favorable response with sympathetic blocks suggest the diagnosis. Symptoms should be relieved with appropriate nerve root decompression but may require, in addition, a therapeutic lumbar sympathetic blockade.

(Keywords; low-back pain, herniated lumbar disc, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, therapy)

Philip M. Bernini, and Frederick A. Simeone. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Associated With Low Lumbar Disc Herniation, Spine. 6: (2)180-184, March/April 1981.