Complex Regional Pain Type 1

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 Mar;32(3):185-9; quiz 190-1. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000731.


Complex regional pain syndrome is increasingly recognized in the pediatric population. Owing to the nature of presentation with pain, many of these children present to the emergency setting at different stages of the syndrome with or without numerous prior interactions with health professionals. Complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS1) is a clinical syndrome characterized by amplified musculoskeletal limb pain that is out of proportion to the history and physical findings, or pain due to non-noxious stimuli (allodynia/hyperalgesia), and accompanied by one or more signs of autonomic dysfunction. Differential diagnosis may include significant trauma (eg, fractures), inflammatory conditions, malignancies, and systemic illness. The diagnosis is clinical. The treatment goals for CRPS1 are restoration of function and relief of pain. Education, physical, and occupational therapy with psychotherapy and defined goals of achievement with reward are the mainstay of treatment for this population. Most children with CRPS1 will have a favorable outcome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / diagnosis*
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / psychology
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / therapy*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Psychotherapy