thermalgia


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causalgia

 [kaw-zal´jah]
a burning pain often associated with trophic skin changes in the hand or foot, caused by peripheral nerve injury. It may be aggravated by the slightest stimuli or it may be intensified by the emotions. It usually begins several weeks after the initial injury and the pain is described as intense, with patients sometimes taking elaborate precautions to avoid any stimulus that they know could cause a flare-up of symptoms. They often will go to great extremes to protect the affected limb and become preoccupied with such protection.

Any of a variety of injuries to the hand, foot, arm, or leg can lead to causalgia, but in most cases there has been some injury to the median nerve or sciatic nerve. Injections of a local anesthetic at the painful site may bring relief. Sympathectomy may be necessary to eliminate the severe pain, and in the majority of cases it is quite successful. Psychotherapy may be necessary when emotional instability is suspected. Emotional problems may result from the intense suffering characteristic of severe causalgia. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (also called chronic regional pain syndrome) is a variant of causalgia.

ther·mal·gi·a

(ther-mal'jē-ă),
Burning pain.
See also: complex regional pain syndrome type I.
[therm- + G. algos, pain]

thermalgia

/ther·mal·gia/ (ther-mal´jah) causalgia.

thermalgia

[thurmal′jə]
a sensation of intense burning pain sometimes experienced following nerve injuries.

ther·mal·gi·a

(thĕr-mal'jē-ă)
Burning pain.
See also: causalgia
[therm- + G. algos, pain]

ther·mal·gi·a

(thĕr-mal'jē-ă)
Burning pain.
[therm- + G. algos, pain]