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Self-Assessment Examination


JPO Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: July 2007 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 94-95
doi: 10.1097/JPO.0b013e3180f6240f
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  1. Read the article on pages 91–93.
  2. Complete the examination.
  3. Submit your completed examination to the AAOP per the directions on the next page.


The following questions require short answers only; you do not have to use complete sentences. All questions refer to the article, “Case Report: Functional Status After Transfemoral Amputation in Three Patients With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” by Kornelis S. De Boer, MD, Roderick F. Schmitz, MD, PhD, Pieter A. Van Luijt, MD, and Johan H. Arendzen, MD, PhD.


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  1. [Select the correct response.] Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is also described as:
    • reflex telepathic dysphagia
    • reflux sympathetic dyspepsia
    • reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  2. (True or False) ___________________________Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is apparently disproportionate to the injury, usually develops after an injury, and is not limited to the distribution of a single nerve.
  3. (True or False) ___________________________A secondary result of CRPS in chronic stages is the onset of pain and impaired function.
  4. [Select the correct response.] Concerning Patient A, which of the following was NOT a symptom at presentation:
    • there was numbness
    • there was constant pain
    • the leg felt warm
    • there was tingling from the foot to above knee level
  5. (True or False) ___________________________Concerning Patient A, the CRPS accepted and reacted well to several medications.
  6. (True or False) ___________________________Patient A wears the prosthesis regularly because it assuages the pain.
  7. (True or False) ___________________________At least two of the patients suffer from phantom pain and phantom sensation, which in not an uncommon occurrence.
  8. (True or False) ___________________________The pain experienced by Patient C sometimes stems from weather-related issues, such as when it rains.
  9. (True or False) ___________________________In all cases, it is expected that most of the dystrophic aspects, especially pain, will diminish after amputation.
  10. (True or False) ___________________________In this study, the pain diminished substantially in two patients, and the quality of life appears to increase after amputation, even when a prosthesis is not worn.

Complete the JPO Self-Assessment Examination on the previous page and score a minimum of 75 percent to earn two PCE credits. Send the completed examination and payment in U.S. currency ($20/AAOP members, $50 nonmembers) to: AAOP, Dept. 937, Alexandria, VA 22334-0937. The examination must be received by the AAOP within 3 years of the publication date for credit to be awarded.

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