A case of complex regional pain syndrome type II after transradial coronary intervention

Sasano, Nobuko; Tsuda, Takako; Sasano, Hiroshi; Ito, Shoji; Sobue, Kazuya; Katsuya, Hirotada
November 2004
Journal of Anesthesia;2004, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p310
Academic Journal
The transradial approach for coronary catheterization is now a routine technique without serious complications at the puncture site. We report a case of complex regional pain syndrome type II (CRPS type II) in the hand after the transradial coronary intervention, which may alert medical personnel that the technique may cause serious regional pain with disability. A 61-year-old woman underwent coronary intervention via the right radial artery for the treatment of unstable angina. After the operation she complained of severe pain in the right hand, consistently felt along the median nerve distribution. The nerve conduction study suggested carpal tunnel syndrome. We made a diagnosis of CRPS type II, and the patient received stellate ganglion blockade, cervical epidural blockade, and administration of amitriptyline and loxoprofen. The symptoms gradually improved and her activities of daily living markedly improved. The median nerve appeared to be damaged by local compression and potential ischemia. Careful attention should be paid to avoid CRPS type II, associated with excess compression.


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