Olecranon Bursitis Causing Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome in a Hemiplegic Extremity


Olecranon bursitis is rarely seen in patients with stroke, but reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is not. Here, we report a stroke case, which represented the clinical symptom of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome after development of olecranon bursitis in few days, and describe his clinical association between both conditions. Sonographicpicture of the right elbow in this case is shown.

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T. Liu, S. Lu and S. Chang, "Olecranon Bursitis Causing Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome in a Hemiplegic Extremity," Open Journal of Orthopedics, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2012, pp. 131-133. doi: 10.4236/ojo.2012.23024.

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