Sudeck's atrophy

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Prolonged stay in ICU due to alternative medical condition. Complains of pain in the left foot and mild swelling.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years old
Gender: Female

Diffuse periarticular osteopenia involving the midfoot and all the joints of the forefoot.

Joint spaces maintained.

Case Discussion

Sudeck's atrophy (a.k.a. complex regional pain syndrome) often occurs in the setting of prolonged disuse of a region of the body - the feet and hands being prime sites.

Plain film features include:

  • diffuse periarticular osteopenia
  • maintained joint spaces
  • soft tissue swelling.

The appearances are rather "Aunt Minnie" in nature, especially in the correct clinical context.

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Case information

rID: 30121
Published: 21st Jul 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: sudecks
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