Chief of Pain Control Department, University Hospital Brno, Brno,
Czech Republic Member of board of Czech Society of Pain Management
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an illness, which habitually appears after primary injury or after surgical intervention on the limb. The cause of developing CRPS is unknown as well as its prevalence. Studies usually show prevalence around 1.5–3.0 cases per 100.000 inhabitants. Women are affected more likely than men (4 : 1). Therapy of CRPS is complicated, very important is a multidisciplinary approach combining rehabilitation, pharmacotherapy and invasive methods. Mentioned algorithm fully reflects the latest recommendations in the therapy of CRPS, very clearly describes the progressive development of the diagnosis, the basic symptoms and side effects of its treatment. In my opinion, CRPS algorithm is accurate tutorial for diagnosing and curing this illness according to the latest medical findings.