Hand affected by algodystrophy, X-ray

Hand affected by algodystrophy, X-ray

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Caption: Hand affected by algodystrophy, coloured X-ray. Algodystrophy (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) is a condition causing pain, swelling and tremor in the affected part. In its later stages it can lead to muscle wasting and demineralisation of bone (seen as the pale, transparent bones here). The condition usually occurs after a trauma, such as an injury or surgery. The cause is thought to be nerve damage, although this may be slight and not noticed at the time of the trauma. Treatment is with physiotherapy, alongside anti-inflammatory drugs to treat pain and inflammation, and calcitonin hormone injections to increase bone mass.

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