Title:
A possible case of complex regional pain syndrome of the nose?
Authors:
S. Faraj-Hakim , R. L. A. W. Bleys , J. Buwalda and J. A. de Ru
Institutions:
1Faculty of Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; Department of Anatomy, Division of Surgical Specialties, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Deventer Hospital, Deventer, the Netherlands; Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Central Military Hospital, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Keywords:
Complex regional pain syndrome; reflex sympathetic dystrophy; hyperesthesia; nasal surgery; neuropathic pain
Pages:
37 - 42
Abstract:
A possible case of complex regional pain syndrome of the nose? Objective: We present a case report of a patient with a putative diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome of the nose. We would like to bring this disorder to the attention of rhinologists. Case report: A 53-year-old man presented with a history of extreme, constant, debilitating pain in his nose that started after he underwent several extensive nasal surgeries. Examination revealed atrophic nasal mucous membranes at the nasal septum. No other abnormalities were found. The pain did not diminish despite administration of analgesics and neuropathic pain medications. We propose a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome of the nose. Conclusion: The large number of nasal surgeries performed worldwide and the far reaching consequences of this debilitating syndrome indicate that it merits further investigation to determine whether it is a distinct disorder that should be recognized as such.
Issue:
Vol. 8, 2012, 1st trimester


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A possible case of complex regional pain syndrome of the nose?