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Farah Brian A.
Clinical Neuropharmacology: February 1993
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Treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is primarily surgical. Typically, regional sympathetic blockade or sympathectomy is employed. Alternatives to neurosurgery, such as pharmacotherapy, include systemic corticosteroids and antidepressants. However, side effects and nonre-sponders to these approaches are not uncommon. Recently, ketorolac was demonstrated to relieve pain in RSD patients when administered by intravenous regional block (IVRB), yet this method has obvious limitations in the outpatient setting. The following case demonstrates marked improvement in treatment-resistant RSD pain with intramuscular ketorolac.

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