Technetium 99m-methylene diphosphonate bone scans in children with reflex neurovascular dystrophy

J Pediatr. 1985 Mar;106(3):437-40. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(85)80671-5.


Eleven children with reflex neurovascular dystrophy were investigated by technetium-labeled methylene diphosphonate bone scanning. Eight of 12 scans demonstrated abnormal findings, four showing diffusely decreased uptake and four diffusely increased uptake of the radionuclide in the affected site. Three scans showed normal findings initially, as did one previously abnormal scan when repeated in the asymptomatic patient 6 months later. Diffusely abnormal findings can be helpful in the diagnosis of childhood reflex neurovascular dystrophy, but a normal scan does not exclude the diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Child
  • Diphosphonates*
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Female
  • Hand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Recurrence
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / diagnostic imaging*
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / therapy
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate
  • Technetium*
  • Wrist


  • Diphosphonates
  • Technetium
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate